West of Memphis
West of Memphis (2012)

From director Amy Berg, in collaboration with first time Producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis along with filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh comes West of Memphis, a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: December 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Both a sobering look at a true crime story and a scathing indictment of the American justice system, West of Memphis is a real-life horror story told with fury and compassion.

Tom Long
Detroit News

It's not a new story, true, but "West of Memphis" makes it both extremely personal and universally painful.

Full review…
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

While the "Paradise Lost" films captured events as they unfolded in the heat of battle, "West of Memphis" has the luxury of at least partial closure.

Full review…
Eric Melin

A documentary that distills 19 years of a witch hunt, a grass roots movement, lost leads, confusion, countless appeals, and hope into one remarkable movie that is hellbent on setting the record straight.

Full review…
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

We feel like we're watching an overlong true-crime television episode and not a movie.

Full review…
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A true-crime story that begins with a notorious murder case and grows into a chilling indictment of the American justice system.

Full review…
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

It effectively condenses what took the 'Paradise Lost' films nearly eight hours to reveal into a tight, snappy 149 minutes that affords you everything you need to know about the West Memphis Three.

Full review…
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A real-life horror story, made no less shocking by the familiarity of its early scenes.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

And justice for all? Hardly.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's another case where, instead of a prosecution having to prove a case, a defendant has to choose the lesser of two evils. "This happens all the time," defendant Damien Echols says of the whole process, and he's right.

Full review…
More reviews for West of Memphis

Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Oddly enough, Mr. Bojangles is spared of any footage whatsoever!! Leans the guilt on Terry Hobbs as Paradise Lost 2 did to Mark Byers. Offers nothing deep,… More
Nate Zoebl
The West Memphis Three murder case gained substantial notoriety thanks to an HBO documentary team, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who were on hand in 1993 to… More
Dan Schultz
An absolutely devastating documentary concerning three eight-year old boys killed in Arkansas in 1993, and how the judicial system pushed ahead on guilty… More
Alex roy
Filmmaker Amy Berg follows up her terrific documentary Deliver Us from Evil with West of Memphis, a fourth film that takes another look at the case of the West… More
Jason Spencer
A compelling documentary that gives a full look at the story of the West Memphis 3. As with the other documentary films about the subject I must warn you that… More
Everett Johnson
"West of Memphis" is the fourth movie(albeit by a different filmmaker) about the West Memphis Three. In the early 90's three young men(basically… More