• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 23, 2019
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jul 22, 2019
    90
    The strength of “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” isn’t just about what’s on screen but how it got there, i.e., the assembling of parts—audio, video, interviews, testimony. These are allowed to speak for themselves. ... Three hours of riveting television.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 22, 2019
    90
    Filmmaker Liz Garbus’s “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” meticulously and even masterfully brings its viewers to this very place of angry exasperation, laying out the narrative details of a botched murder investigation that some of us might have been vaguely aware of, if at all. ... Ambiguity is not a flaw here; in fact, it’s what makes this story so compelling, so infuriating and so sad.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 23, 2019
    88
    At its best, it reminded me of the landmark HBO docuseries “Paradise Lost” or the remarkable “The Staircase” in its level of detail and how it captures how people make the kind of drastic mistakes that allow the answers to get further and further out of reach.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jul 22, 2019
    80
    Garbus gives a strong close to this three-week series of format experimentation. You may not come away from Who Killed Garrett Phillips? with a clear answer on the title question or with any one single and specific judicial impropriety. You'll just have plenty to ponder and argue about.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 22, 2019
    70
    Oscar-winning director Liz Garbus plays it straight, leaning on recorded telephone traffic and lengthy video excerpts from questionable interrogations.

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