The Central Park Five 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… The Central Park Five 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… 2012-11-23 Unrated PT119M Documentary IFC Films
Movie Review

The Central Park Five (2012)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
MEN'S CENTRAL Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by police into courthouse in The Central Park Five
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MEN'S CENTRAL Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by police into courthouse in The Central Park Five
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Nov 23, 2012; Rated: Unrated; Length: 119 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: IFC Films

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+
Originally posted Nov 20, 2012 Published in issue #1235 Nov 30, 2012 Order article reprints