Pat Little
Chris Nashawaty
November 21, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Happy Valley

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B-

Much has already been written about the 2011 child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State — how assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested minors and how his boss, the revered Joe Paterno, didn’t do enough to report it. Director Amir Bar-Lev goes to the ironically named Happy Valley campus and finds a community still grappling with the tragedy. The documentary offers a compelling overview of the case, but Bar-Lev spends too much time painting Paterno as a victim and scapegoat. That advocacy doesn’t sit well. B-

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