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The Central Park Five Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    79

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A meticulously reported chronicle of a case that shook New York in 1989 and remains a mark of shame on the city ten years after the convictions were vacated, the film incisively documents a travesty of justice that echoes the infamous Scottsboro Boys railroading of the 1930s.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's a different city today, in a country that sees its racial and social divides with more clarity than it did back then. But the most troubling question the film raises is how clearly we may see even now.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist confessed) with extensive interviews, a thorough use of archival footage, and a less-than felicitous use of ominous-rumble music that unnecessarily insists, Isn't this an outrage?

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The case transfixed a racially polarized New York City. The teens were labeled as a "wolf pack" by the news media, led by the New York tabloids.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    An unusually good documentary about an outlandish miscarriage of justice.

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