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Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 23, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Central Park Five

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
119 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/23/12
director
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

After a woman was raped, beaten, and left for dead in the haunting 1989 New York City case forever known as that of the Central Park Jogger, five black and Latino teens from Harlem were arrested and convicted, and served sentences for crimes it was later proved they did not commit. This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist confessed) with extensive interviews, a thorough use of archival footage, and a less-than felicitous use of ominous-rumble music that unnecessarily insists, Isn’t this an outrage? B+

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