Crown Heights (2017)
Critic Consensus: Crown Heights' heartbreaking fact-based narrative -- and LaKeith Stanfield's remarkable starring performance -- push this powerful drama past its structural flaws.
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Critic Reviews for Crown Heights
It's an impressive, quietly powerful film that will stay with you long after the final credits roll.
The film just isn't biting enough to make Warner a mascot for the race-based injustice that pervades the American criminal justice system.
The sole fresh twist, one that should have been more than enough to drive the show - one friend dedicating his life to exonerating the other - is repeatedly undermined by their unequal presentation.
Stanfield deftly balances rage and resignation, and Asomugha is impressive as a crusader who refuses to give up.
Strong central performances make this harrowing chronicle a gripping tale.
Audience Reviews for Crown Heights
It loses steam by the time it gets around to the investigation and exoneration portion of the movie. The reason is that this shift in the narrative forces the filmmakers to abandon their far more moving examination of the slow, agonizing way the criminal justice system and prison dehumanizes those trapped within them.
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