Capturing the Friedmans
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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 their community in an uproar, the family undergoes a media onslaught. The film inquires not just into the life of a family but into a community, a legal system, and an era.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Without a doubt a disconcertingly engrossing, difficult-to-shake experience."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Captivating and intense. Mature teens+."
‑ Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
" insane document, a slice of life that we probably should never have seen. But now that we have seen it, it's too late to deny its crippling poignancy..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Grown men and women, in broad daylight and friendly company, would not lightly name some of the worst terrors of our world."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Disturbing, yet undeniably fascinating."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"The MPAA doesn't have a rating for queasy-making and heartbreaking. If it did, then Capturing the Friedmans would carry an advisory."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Much of this information could have been delivered in a way that respected the Friedmans, even if they did not respect each other."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A different kind of horror is portrayed in Capturing the Friedmans -- the disintegration of a family after the father secret life is exposed."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"It takes the concept of reality television and twists it into a shocking but poignant art form."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A documentary you won't be able to shake."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Friedmans are a case study in family dysfunction."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Director Jarecki takes his time in presenting the divergent points of view. But even at nearly two hours, one still feels there is a lack of information."
‑ Kent Turner,
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