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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
The third part of the Paradise Lost trilogy, examining the case of the notorious West Memphis 3. This final version chronicles the last years in prison and eventual release of the three men accused of brutally murdering three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. The men were released after entering an Alford plea on August 19, 2011, allowing them to assert their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The new film, despite the astounding story it tells, is the most conventional, least urgent and, cinematically, the least interesting of the three."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"The new film is more informational than resonant. But you can still sense a vacuum, a rat pit of stories waiting to be unearthed. The dark something that triggered the whole ordeal in West Memphis is still out there."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Seldom has a film inspired so much dislike in viewers towards the very system designed to protect them."
‑ David Keyes,
"This third film, an inarguably powerful knockout punch, reminds us of the documentary film's power to change people's lives."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"[U]pdate[s,] reinterprets the original material and incorporates old outtakes and photographs. . .for comprehensive forensic and legal analysis [but] confusingly organized."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"In the shadow of such sickness, all the personal dramas can't help but pale, but there are still surprising and powerful moments."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine/Vulture
"First and foremost a testament to the power of the documentary."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Purgatory is most affecting in its most intimate performances."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Tells us clearly something is rotten about the American judicial system."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More a glorified DVD supplement than a documentary."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy."
‑ Hank Stuever, Washington Post
"Destined to rank as one of the major achievements in American documentary, the Paradise Lost project comes to a presumed end with Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Beyond being an articulate examination of the case, the conclusion of the film will leave you with all kinds of questions to ponder about what justice in our legal system really means."
‑ Eric Melin, Kansas City Star
"The conclusion to the trilogy about the plight of three wrongly convicted men has an intriguingly new, if bittersweet, slant. It's an understatement to say that the documentary format comes off a lot better than the justice system."
‑ Marsha McCreadie, Film Journal International
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