• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 22, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 22, 2013
    90
    A powerful and unforgettably thorough HBO documentary, is not only an exploration of what happened (difficult questions linger, particularly about the response of the town’s police to the initial 911 call), it also invites a frank and remarkably even-handed discussion of what sort of punishment could ever fit the crime.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Jul 22, 2013
    83
    [A] desperately sad yet compelling doc digs deep into the events that led to and followed the tragedy. [26 Jul 2013, p.62]
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 22, 2013
    75
    There is much more to the story than the graphic details of the invasion and whether the police could have intervened earlier. The case became a pivotal issue in the debate over the death penalty in Connecticut and that's a big part of the film.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 22, 2013
    60
    It makes for an intense two hours.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    Excellent documentary. Riveting, moving. And the horrendous nature of this particular event triggers an extraordinarily balanced presentation of the arguments about the death penalty. Full Review »