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  • Series Premiere Date: May 19, 2017
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ryan White's seven-part true crime documentary focuses on the investigations by Abbie Schaub and Gemma Hoskins into the 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a young English teacher at a Catholic high school in Baltimore.
  • Genre(s): News/Documentary, Suspense, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    May 15, 2017
    91
    The Keepers is addictive serial made for the post-Serial market. ... White’s narrative is a nesting doll of colorful characters giving way to more colorful characters--stories inside stories, mysteries within mysteries.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 18, 2017
    80
    The heartbreaking The Keepers [is] a fascinating (but overlong) piece about the murder of a Baltimore nun in 1969 and the revelations that would emerge over the next five decades.
  3. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    May 18, 2017
    80
    The Keepers is much more sophisticated and well-researched [than “Making a Murderer”], offering several different probabilities throughout its seven episodes as to what happened to Sister Cathy. It also aims to solve a murder rather than set a convicted murderer free. It’s executed with empathy, but not to the point where The Keepers lets a foregone conclusion drive the narrative.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 19, 2017
    80
    Absorbing and emotionally gripping.
  5. Reviewed by: Alex Abad-Santos
    May 22, 2017
    80
    What makes that bigger picture so maddeningly compelling is the way The Keepers explores a pathology of abuse and its effect on victims, chronicles the strange inescapability of trauma, reflects on how society treats the word of women, and reveals the shattering reality that justice can feel so empty.
  6. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    May 19, 2017
    75
    Mostly these are jaw-dropping tales about horrific things that happened a long time ago, limiting the urgency of the narrative. ... In that way, The Keepers is more of a meditation on memory and truth than a murder mystery, and the telling of the tale is a resolution in itself.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 19, 2017
    70
    White's devotion to the case is apparent, but The Keepers seems like an instance where a less-expansive canvas -- and the concentrated approach that would have required -- would have been more beneficial than the latitude to venture down every corridor, even when they might lead to a dead end.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. May 25, 2017
    10
    Truly extraordinary. The journey of these women who were profoundly abused by several priests and their struggle with remembering isTruly extraordinary. The journey of these women who were profoundly abused by several priests and their struggle with remembering is heartbreaking. There is another piece, the young nun who was determined to end the abuse and the abusers, but before she could, she was murdered, but who was the murderer? Worth every minute of watching. Don't let the "boy" trolls who are giving this such low scores dissuade you. Incredibly powerful. Expand
  2. May 29, 2017
    10
    Haunting, important, an incredible journey through pain and horror. The 'Making a Murderer' follow-up we needed to finally understand howHaunting, important, an incredible journey through pain and horror. The 'Making a Murderer' follow-up we needed to finally understand how religion is still used as an excuse for bad behavior. Expand
  3. May 21, 2017
    10
    Two eps in and loving it. So much has already happened and in only 2 episodes. Can't wait to see what happens next. Addictive, highlyTwo eps in and loving it. So much has already happened and in only 2 episodes. Can't wait to see what happens next. Addictive, highly recommended. Told in a similar vein to Making a Murderer. Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2017
    9
    Excellent series, i am furious over the cover-up that has gone one for all these years. Thanks to the ladies and other investigators thatExcellent series, i am furious over the cover-up that has gone one for all these years. Thanks to the ladies and other investigators that started digging into who killed Sister Kathy otherwise non of this would have come out to the public. The priests treated that catholic high school as a whore house to themselves and policemen andbother officials. I hope all of them that have dued are rotting in hell Expand
  5. May 20, 2017
    9
    The Keepers underscores what I felt about "Spotlight" - documentaries on the Catholic Church sexual misconduct cover ups are far moreThe Keepers underscores what I felt about "Spotlight" - documentaries on the Catholic Church sexual misconduct cover ups are far more interesting than a dramatic portrayal. It is in large part because you are hearing things straight from those involved. I always find them frightening and mesmerizing. And who doesn't love a good murder mystery? With The Keepers you get both. Yes, it is a bit long, but it allows you to really get to know everyone - both those directly involved as well as those directly affected - as they join forces to seek justice for all. Many things to admire in how this miniseries was crafted, most notably the editing. Expand
  6. May 23, 2017
    8
    I thought this series was really great. There is a lot to hate about 'the story' though. In most detective style docs the story getsI thought this series was really great. There is a lot to hate about 'the story' though. In most detective style docs the story gets explained well enough that you can come to a conclusion.
    In this series, they REALLY drag some names through the mud. Some names that they have ZERO proof are guilty of ANYTHING. Except for hearsay.

    By the end of the 7 hour+ documentary, I was almost 100% sure there was just some sorta mad man that had been in the area and the crime was chance. Mainly because of the second woman who was murdered also, yet the second woman had absolutely no relation to the 1st.
    It is most likely 'based on all the evidence' that a random maniac killer (on the move) did this.
    AS far as why the killer would have moved the body though is strange, and then where the Nun's car ended up is odd also. But, there just isn't any proof. The whole body of proof is 100% hearsay.
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  7. Nov 24, 2017
    1
    In spite of my low rating, the first two episodes of this series were well-done and compelling. Episode three devolved intoIn spite of my low rating, the first two episodes of this series were well-done and compelling. Episode three devolved into self-justification, rationalization, and apology. And episodes three to eight could have, and should have, been handled in one or, at the most, two episodes. The series which, again, started well, became mired in equivalencies, spending as much time discussing statues of limitation reform and fatal lawsuits as it did church sexual abuse and whistleblower murder. It should have stuck with what it did best: the crime. Expand

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