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  • Summary: The four-part documentary series executive produced by Jordan Peele about the Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt case was directed by Joshua Rofé and includes discussion of issues such as the 24-hour news cycle, domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, News/Documentary, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Feb 15, 2019
    100
    Over the course of four hours, we get to know Lorena as a human being, from her naive Catholic upbringing to her wise middle age. Twenty-five years after her trial, we owe Lorena Gallo an apology. This documentary is a good first step.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 14, 2019
    88
    First-rate film that succeeds in re-working the story we thought we knew into the story we should have known all along.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Feb 15, 2019
    80
    “Lorena” doesn’t go out of its way indict any single party in the Bobbitt case, choosing instead to allow Lorena, as she is today, to guide us into understand who she really was. ... Part of the messaging here--subtle, but at times as blaring as a pharmaceutically-enhanced erection--is how dominant the phallus as an instrument of patriarchy remains in our culture.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jan 29, 2019
    75
    Intriguing but somewhat scattershot docuseries.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 12, 2019
    75
    It’s fascinating. Going in, it might be hard to imagine how four long hours were needed to explore the nuances and implications of the single act that made Lorena Bobbitt famous. But four hours later, it all make sense.
  6. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Feb 15, 2019
    70
    "Lorena" has its problems, but as a time capsule on where we were then and how far the media has and hasn’t come in years since, it is worth wading through the lurid muck for some long overdue reassessment.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 29, 2019
    50
    The frustration of Lorena is that there are many reasons the story is relevant today and worthy of closer examination and reexamination. Many of them are covered here. It just takes too long to get there.

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