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When They See Us: Season 1 Reviews

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May 23, 2019
Ava DuVernay's series is a handsomely mounted dramatization, but it often veers into the trite, obvious, and maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 30, 2019
Seeing the series in the cold shadow of Trump's Presidency, we find ourselves doubly fatigued, watching a nightmare still going on, at a larger scale, while the need for urgent action overwhelms the desire for subtlety.
May 29, 2019
The result, also borrowing the pseudo-journalistic style of TV's Law and Order procedural series, is a puny American epic geared to the divisiveness of this period.
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 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.
May 28, 2019
There is no sugar coating the fact that When They See Us is emotional. It will have you in the worst ugly cry, but leave you with a small sense the truth finally is released. Jharrell Jerome, Niecy Nash and Michael K Williams performances are stellar.
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
May 31, 2019
DuVernay consistently strikes the right chord, portraying the relentlessness of a broken justice system. The result is an informative, gripping watch coming at just the right time.
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.
May 30, 2019
The emotional weight of Duvernay's respect for the physical and emotional facts settled slowly in your stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 31, 2019
[Ava] DuVernay's direction and writing is clear-eyed and focused, and puts a heavy emphasis on what the boys and their families lost over their decades-long ordeal.
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
May 29, 2019
Ava DuVernay has given us the most vital examination of the downward effects of systematic oppression to African-Americans since Roots
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 31, 2019
Young stars Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse and Marquis Rodriguez are heartbreakingly on the money as powerless victims of a corrupt system.
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
May 31, 2019
Though unsettling to watch, When They See Us in another necessary reminder of the corruption and the flaws America's criminal justice system is sometimes riddled with, particularly in cases dealing with people of color.
May 31, 2019
"When They See Us" is DuVernay's strongest work to date. But what makes it so devastating is its relentless portrayal of a criminal justice system that locks up, scapegoats and brutalizes black and brown American children with ease and enthusiasm.
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.
May 31, 2019
When They See Us is a cautionary retelling that not only illuminates the inhumane treatment of five wrongly convicted boys, but the present dangers facing Black youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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