The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five (2012)

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged for brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling it "the crime of the century." But the truth about… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a vivid and gripping documentary (although, at two hours, somewhat longer than it needs to be), a grave indictment of a city and a system at the breaking point.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

As grim a portrait of the criminal justice system as can be imagined.

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Eric D. Snider
Twitch

It's more like an interesting, in-depth article in The New Yorker than a movie.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Expect your blood pressure to rise during The Central Park Five.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

How could this second crime have occurred? The film asks that question but only partly answers it, and in the process it raises an even more troubling one.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

The film, in some ways a primer on the perennial intractability of racial prejudice, clearly intends to be some sort of vindication of its five central figures. It succeeds in the first respect but falls wide of the mark in the second.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The doc is rife with smart or wrenching or shameful moments. The fresh interviews with the accused, now men, are invaluable.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Central Park Five" is a sobering indictment of racism and vigilante justice, yet it is constrained by a PBS-style deference to the very system it critiques.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The filmmakers do a tremendous job of setting the mood and mind-set of New Yorkers in the spring of 1989, when violent crime was rampant and the Big Apple was rotting to the core.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
As an in depth look into the heinous behavior of the New York City police department at the time of the case of the Central Park Five, this film digs deep into… More
John Ballantine
In typical Ken Burns fashion, we have a magnificently laid out documentary that is not only the story of five innocent teenagers but the history of a City and… More
Greg S
The story of the five teenagers who were picked up in Central Park, charged with rape, and convicted based on suspect confessions, then freed after serving… More
Daniel Dolgin
The Central Park Five is a documentary I've had my eyes on for over a year, but just now got to watch it. Different than I thought, since it looked… More
Walter M.
"The Central Park Five" is a heartbreaking and powerful documentary about five teenagers, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey… More