Domestic Violence
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Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's 35th cinéma vérité documentary, Domestic Violence was first given limited theatrical release in January 2002. Its extreme length necessitated its being presented in two separate parts, duly titled Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence 2. The first part, which ran 196 minutes theatrically, utilized Wiseman's famed "eavesdropping camera" technique to explore the inner workings of The Spring, a battered-spouse shelter in Tampa, FL. The eyewitness accounts of the real-life abuse victims, presented in long, uninterrupted takes, is far more eloquent… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not an easy film to watch, though most people who do see it will find it impossible to forget."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"10 minutes into the film you'll be white-knuckled and unable to look away."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"A searing, epic treatment of a nationwide blight that seems to be, horrifyingly, ever on the rise."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Wiseman reveals the victims of domestic abuse in all of their pity and terror."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"So why is Wiseman afraid to call this 'violence against women' in such a lengthy expose?"
‑ Moira Sullivan,
"Wiseman is patient and uncompromising, letting his camera observe and record the lives of women torn apart by a legacy of abuse."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Examines its explosive subject matter as nonjudgmentally as Wiseman's previous studies of inner-city high schools, hospitals, courts and welfare centers."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"While maintaining the appearance of clinical objectivity, this sad, occasionally horrifying but often inspiring film is among Wiseman's warmest."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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