• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2020
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4

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  1. Apr 16, 2020
    10
    Absorbing, riveting and very disturbing. A tragic story about an abused child that also doubles as an examination of the institutions and systems that were designed to protect him. Highly recommended.
  2. Mar 2, 2020
    9
    Absolutely disturbing and disgusting story but very well done and kept me coming back for the next episode. Had to turn off at some points because the details were too much. Complete failure of the system for this poor boy.
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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 18, 2020
    70
    Documenting a horrifying story from every conceivable angle, "The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez" examines the abuse and murder of an eight-year-old boy by his mother and her boyfriend, and the ways that the system failed to protect him. Difficult to watch, the documentary is inevitably compelling but structurally messy -- a byproduct, perhaps, of stretching the material over six parts.
  2. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Feb 27, 2020
    90
    The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a very difficult show to watch. But it’s one of those that’s a must watch, because it’ll show you how the government agencies that are supposed to protect children can often fail, often for very stupid reasons.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 26, 2020
    80
    If Knappenberger’s series sometimes lingers too long on certain narrative elements, the motivation for such minor missteps is pure: to convey the full extent of Gabriel’s agony and Pearl and Isauro’s villainy. ... It succeeds at inciting outrage at the wide-scale callousness that caused this nightmare to occur. ... It’s a sprawling, heartbreaking portrait of true evil.