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West of Memphis

documentary


True story centering on the new investigation surrounding the the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in the town of West Memphis, Ark., that ultimately broke the case open and led to the release of the so-called West Memphis Three.

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  • Critic Score
    95%
  • Audience Score
    86%

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    86%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Happy, sad, inspiring, infuriating, right and terribly wrong, all at the same time.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, January 25, 2013

Fresh: Less an investigative report than a portrait of the community that forms around an ongoing court case, this conveys a patient understanding of the intricacies of law and human behavior that may be termed Kieslowskian.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fresh: Berg's film is as much an indictment of the state of Arkansas' legal system as it is the prosecution.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, January 24, 2013

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A compelling documentary that gives a full look at the story of the West Memphis 3. As with the other documentary films about the subject I must warn you that it's not for the faint of heart. It deals with the murders of three young boys and crime scene photos are shown and they are graphic. The bulk of the focus of this film in particular is on the innocence of the three young men accused and jailed for the crime. We take a look at the whole case and where it went very wrong from the beginning. It's a chilling tale of a witch hunt that landed these teens in prison for nearly two decades. I highly recommend if you liked the work done in the Paradise Lost series of documentary films that brought world wide attention to this case.

- superclerk25, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5 stars

Filmmaker Amy Berg follows up her terrific documentary Deliver Us from Evil with West of Memphis, a fourth film that takes another look at the case of the West Memphis Three, the three Teens falsely accused of a heinous crime. With all new interviews, Berg directs a stunning documentary that recounts the misinformation of the trial that lead to the wrongful convictions of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin. This is a truly remarkable film that sheds new light on the case, and reanalyzes key aspects of the trial. After the three Paradise Lost documentaries, and this film, you get a new outlook on the case itself. The new info eventually cleared the WM3 and this film was made a few years after they were cleared. What separates this new documentary is that it overlooked the entire case. This is a brilliant film that is shocking, riveting from start to finish and looks at the cracks of the American justice system and the dedication of a group of people to try and save the three who were wrongly convicted. If you want a stellar documentary, West of Memphis is the one to watch. Along with the Paradise Lost trilogy, these are among the best documentaries I've seen. The original facts of the trial are enraging and it is sickening that laws that are supposed to protect the innocent are used to wrongly convict them. Amy Berg direction is immaculate and she always manages to craft wonderful documentaries that are worth seeing. Definitely give this one a shot if you're interested in the subject along with the three classics Paradise Lost. This is brilliant filmmaking and is a highly engaging film that you can't turn away from.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, January 27, 2013

5 stars

didnt think they'd be able to top or do anything new since the Paraidse Lost series, but this really gives you a complete review/overlook on everything, plus their release and some really interesting details the last series failed to overlook. Hats off for the WM3, been following the case for years.

- fb573220345, Tuesday, May 14, 2013