Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

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… More

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DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
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Mike Hale
New York Times

The new film, despite the astounding story it tells, is the most conventional, least urgent and, cinematically, the least interesting of the three.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

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David Keyes

Seldom has a film inspired so much dislike in viewers towards the very system designed to protect them.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Magazine/Vulture

In the shadow of such sickness, all the personal dramas can't help but pale, but there are still surprising and powerful moments.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

First and foremost a testament to the power of the documentary.

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Cynthia Fuchs

Purgatory is most affecting in its most intimate performances.

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Hank Stuever
Washington Post

Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy.

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John Anderson

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.

Eric Melin
Kansas City Star

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.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Even though the first half seems more like a recap of the previous two movies, this is a well-structured and objective documentary that shows us what… More
Christopher Haskell
A great documentary about a larger than life situation involving a backwards justice system that even a novelist couldn't have written better. Getting to… More
Alex roy
Third Paradise Lost film brings new development to the WM3 case. This is a brilliant conclusion. In this third film, new evidence has surfaced that proves the… More
Erin Collins
Very frustrating end to the story. It's sad how flawed the judicial system can be.
familiar stranger
Good for what it is, and bad for same. But I can't understand how they released it in 2009 with those interviews from 2010 & 2011!!! Hope the… More
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The incredible conclusion to the real-life story of three teenagers convicted of murdering three 8-year old boys in 1994. It is 15 years later and forensic… More

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