Justice
Justice (2004)

Documentary filmmaker Maria Ramos offers a fly-on-the-wall look at the Brazilian judicial system in an unflinching portrait of the three most crucial elements of the courtroom: the judge, the public attorney, and the accused. In Rio de… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Weissberg
Variety

Already a master of the objective eye, Ramos uses her unobtrusive camera to uncover the frustrations inherent in a vastly imbalanced society where hope is scarce and the future is dim.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Despite its outsize ambitions, Evan Oppenheimer's independent feature is generally low-key and likable, thanks mainly to a talented cast.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The film brings to mind the good and bad of two other courtroom documentaries, 10th District Court and Sisters in Law.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Justice often moves painfully slowly, and so does Justice (Justiša), a documentary by Maria Ramos about low-level criminal courts in Brazil that at times might be mistaken for an unedited video feed from a courthouse security camera.

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Sean Howe
Village Voice

Though director Oppenheimer has a nice comedic touch, an achronological structure and distracting vignettes thwart the film's emotional designs.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Drew] drags down an otherwise likable drama that draws its three stories together in a quietly effective climax.

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Joshua Land
Village Voice

With its unobtrusive visual style, Justice plays like a near-parody of documentary objectivity, subtly suggesting the malleable nature of 'truth,' both in the courtroom and the movie theater.

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Louis Proyect
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Cinema verite look at the criminal justice system in Brazil. Distinguished by its ability to examine class society without being heavy-handed.

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