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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 27, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: This documentary about tort reform focuses on the issues brought up from the McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit from 1994.
  • Genre(s): Documentary
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  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 27, 2011
    80
    It winnows down complicated legal arguments and anecdotal cases with compassion and clarity.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 27, 2011
    80
    Hot Coffee presents one side of a discussion whose resolution may ultimately be found in the middle. Its greatest value is that this is the side less heard.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 27, 2011
    50
    Yet even in its best moments, Hot Coffee is done in by its essential dishonesty. Saladoff, who learned filmmaking while preparing mini-documentaries for use in trials, is a gifted director with a sure touch for pacing and an extraordinary talent for rendering complex legal doctrine into easily comprehended language. But like any good lawyer--and unlike any good documentarian--she's intent on concealing the weakness in her case.
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