Witness : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 5, 2012
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  • Summary: The HBO docuseries profiles three photojournalists as they work in Juarez, Mexico; South Sudan; Libya; and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Genre(s): News/Documentary

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 2, 2012
    100
    At every turn in this heart-wrenching series of films, we are reminded that these men and women are human, no matter how robotic they may seem as they rapidly snap off shots of death and tears.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Nov 5, 2012
    91
    It's grim but exhilarating: a portrait of an artist chronicling despair.
  3. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Nov 5, 2012
    90
    At the same time [Eros Hoagland is taking pictures], his process is also the subject of a picture--shaped in part by the remarkable work of photographer and cinematographer Jared Moossy, who shoots all four episodes of Witness--a picture that shows both context and effect, the sort of broad view that might emerge from the most specific images.
  4. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Nov 2, 2012
    80
    As an immersive experience for viewers who wouldn't think of getting this close to war zones, the Witness films are amazing documents.
  5. 70
    Juarez, is unfortunately the weakest of the episodes.... Next week's follow-up, Libya--directed by Abdallah Omeish--is in the same vein. But like the other three episodes of Witness, it runs an hour and merges its disparate parts more smoothly.... The third installment, South Sudan, is even better.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 5, 2012
    70
    The half-hour Juarez, on Monday night, is a bracing, at times mesmerizing introduction to the Witness series.... The subsequent films are each an hour long, and while all have powerful material, particularly the South Sudan chapter, they're also more diffuse and more prone to sentimentality about the violence and social disorder the photojournalists bear witness to.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 2, 2012
    67
    Mann and HBO deserve much credit for profiling these extraordinary people. It's just too bad the execution tends to be a little long-winded or not nearly as expansive as it should be.

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