Capturing the Friedmans
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

The Friedmans are a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. Caught up in hysteria and with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A haunting depiction of a disintegrating family, and a powerful argument on the elusiveness of truth.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Without a doubt a disconcertingly engrossing, difficult-to-shake experience.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Watching this remarkable production is like going on safari to that creepy world. It's a fascinating place to visit, but you wouldn't, not for a minute, want to live there.

Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

Captivating and intense. Mature teens+.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

Disturbing, yet undeniably fascinating.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The MPAA doesn't have a rating for queasy-making and heartbreaking. If it did, then Capturing the Friedmans would carry an advisory.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Like the darkest pop song Billy Joel never wrote, "Friedmans" hauntingly asked how far faith goes when it comes to family, how much mercy we'd grant them based merely on our memories and how forgiveness sometimes endures years of fury before it's granted.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

It takes the concept of reality television and twists it into a shocking but poignant art form.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

A documentary you won't be able to shake.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Probing into the elusive nature of truth, through the prism of one Jewish family, this is one of the most perplexing and disturbing docus in American film history

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Its a fun fact that this film is in the "special interest" category, eh?
Anthony Lawrie
Shocking documentary, filmed almost by mistake as Andrew Jarecki was doing a film about kids entertainers at the time. Don't watch alone as you will want… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Who do you believe?"</i> Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middleclass Jewish family whose world is instantly… More
Leigh Ryan
Umm... I don't really quite know what to say. Interesting? Odd?
Jennifer Xu
I love how this was structured as mystery of sorts, and how nobody was ever strictly villainized. I also love that David Friedman is a clown for a living. You… More
Lady D'arbanville
It?s dvd cover describes this documentary as ?thought provoking?. Even the most open minded of people are probably thinking ?why?? this seems like an open and… More

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