Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

This Netflix crime doco details the re-evaluated courtcase of Cyntoia Brown, who was originally sentenced to life in prison for murder as a teenager despite being beaten, pimped, and sexually violated. Sixteen years later, her guilt is questioned, and with it, comes a shot at clemency.

202096 minsUSA
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Unfortunately, Birman mostly ignores the racial politics of the case, not even questioning, through editing, whether conscious or unconscious racism could have influenced the decision to try biracial Brown Long as an adult or convict her of felony murder. It is another example of the director eschewing his authorial voice.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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The film sticks so closely to the chronological timeline of the case that it sacrifices any kind of artful storytelling.

Variety

Variety

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One leaves “Murder to Mercy” with the sense that many young women from Brown’s background will be similarly hardened, abused and punished in a society where they still have to battle to be heard and believed. Yet there are glimmering signals here of systemic repair...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is a quiet, elegant memoir that humanizes a systemic American challenge — and offers a narrative catharsis only possible with real-life mercy.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Unfortunately, Birman mostly ignores the racial politics of the case, not even questioning, through editing, whether conscious or unconscious racism could have influenced the decision to try biracial Brown Long as an adult or convict her of felony murder. It is another example of the director eschewing his authorial voice.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

The film sticks so closely to the chronological timeline of the case that it sacrifices any kind of artful storytelling.

Variety

Variety

press

One leaves “Murder to Mercy” with the sense that many young women from Brown’s background will be similarly hardened, abused and punished in a society where they still have to battle to be heard and believed. Yet there are glimmering signals here of systemic repair...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is a quiet, elegant memoir that humanizes a systemic American challenge — and offers a narrative catharsis only possible with real-life mercy.

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