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  • Summary: Werner Herzog interviews five inmates on death row about the crimes they committed and life in jail.
  • Genre(s): Documentary, Educational
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Mar 8, 2012
    91
    No matter where you stand on the death-penalty debate, this is must-watch revelation--and, thanks to Herzog, tense and suspenseful drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Mar 12, 2012
    90
    Herzog listens and interjects his own helpfully perverse insights.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 8, 2012
    80
    A surprising element of the series--making it both compelling and perversely enjoyable--is that Mr. Herzog loosens up, getting more argumentative in the interviews and presenting moments of mordant humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 8, 2012
    80
    His style of filmmaking--to obsessively explore his subject from as many points of entry as possible--is the cinematic definition of thought-provoking.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 8, 2012
    75
    The strength of his film is that he leaves it to us to make our own decisions about Barnes and the other death row inmates.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 8, 2012
    50
    This one gets catergorized as both yuck and yikes TV. Not for the weak of stomach or pure of heart.
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