Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence (2001)

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… More

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Release Date: January 1, 2001
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's not an easy film to watch, though most people who do see it will find it impossible to forget.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

10 minutes into the film you'll be white-knuckled and unable to look away.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

While maintaining the appearance of clinical objectivity, this sad, occasionally horrifying but often inspiring film is among Wiseman's warmest.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Wiseman reveals the victims of domestic abuse in all of their pity and terror.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The most compelling Wiseman epic of recent years.

David Noh
Film Journal International

A searing, epic treatment of a nationwide blight that seems to be, horrifyingly, ever on the rise.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Examines its explosive subject matter as nonjudgmentally as Wiseman's previous studies of inner-city high schools, hospitals, courts and welfare centers.

Moira Sullivan

So why is Wiseman afraid to call this 'violence against women' in such a lengthy expose?

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Wiseman is patient and uncompromising, letting his camera observe and record the lives of women torn apart by a legacy of abuse.

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