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Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (2020)

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In 2004, 16-year-old Cyntoia Denise Brown was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, for murdering a 43-year-old man who picked her up for sex. She was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison -- Cyntoia's fate seemed sealed. The film shows the complexity of a child who was the product of three generations of violence against women in her biological family. And how in 2019, after nearly 10 years of legal challenges, Governor Bill Haslam granted her request for clemency. He did so following a slow shift in the state for legislative change in juvenile sentencing laws and having seen evidence of her maturity, education, and good behavior as a prisoner.

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Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story is what happens when a crime documentary loses sight of its focus.

April 29, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A moving reflection of what criminal justice reform means in personal terms.

April 29, 2020 | Full Review…

It ultimately does little to elucidate the wider social, racial or political contexts that led to her conviction or commuted sentence. In fact, it leaves enough gaps to make you question its entire point of view.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The filmmaker's narrative and visual approach isn't especially novel in style, but it is compassionate, detailed and persuasive in its assembly.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What begins as seemingly another lurid Netflix true-crime excavation emerges as a considerably more affecting testament to the damage wrought by generation upon generation of sexual abuse.

April 23, 2020 | Full Review…
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A sober and interesting look at the justice system.

May 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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