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When They See Us: Season 1 Reviews

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August 19, 2019
That two of the four words in the series' title are 'us' and 'they' says something about how much our discourse about justice is defined along entrenched polemical lines.
August 18, 2019
The unsparing nature of When They See Us has sparked conversations about whether it's another in a long line of works that rehash Black trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 25, 2019
The first half of the four-part miniseries When They See Us, from acclaimed director Ava Duvernay (Selma, 2014), is a gut-wrencher.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2019
The acting was phenomenal, as was the way they told the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2019
Everything was solid. Episodes one and four are particularly harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 3, 2019
When all is said and done though When They See Us may well go down as DuVernay's finest work - an empathetic look at a landmark case that forever changed the lives of five young men.
July 2, 2019
When They See Us is a genuinely great show that deserves to be seen by the widest possible audience.
July 2, 2019
The best of Ava DuVernay. [Full review in Spanish]
July 1, 2019
There's no changing what happened in the past, but programming like this, that tell these stories from these perspectives...they can make a difference on so many levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 24, 2019
As television storytelling, it's little short of brilliant. As history, the verdict is less certain.
June 21, 2019
When They See Us gives voice back to those who aren't always allow to speak.
June 21, 2019
What When They See Us shows best is the cruel myopia of a legal system which would look at five boys and only want to know one thing about them.
June 19, 2019
When They See Us reaffirmed my faith that despite the endless stream of content that Netflix pushes out every week, and despite its plans of world domination, it's also, occasionally, doing the Lord's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 19, 2019
It's utterly soul-searing, even more so than Ken Burns' acclaimed 2012 documentary about the shameful, revealing case.
June 17, 2019
Hopefully this remains a lasting thrust of Duvernay's strongest work to date. Is this not the value of art that is powerful but also deeply painful?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 13, 2019
When They See Us is terrifying to watch. There's an inevitability that seeps into every frame, not because we know the ending, but because the suffering feels so unavoidable.
June 12, 2019
When They See Us is beautifully shattering. By telling the Exonerated Five's story with such honesty and compassion, DuVernay has given us a truth that hurts (as it should) but could also shift the culture. That makes it the pinnacle of art.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 12, 2019
A shocking and emotional piece that can easily position itself among the best of 2019. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 11, 2019
Solid dramatic account of 1990s wrongful conviction trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 10, 2019
In DuVernay's masterful hands, the rage, the devastation that this story invokes don't leave the audience empty.
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