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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 14, 2018
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  • Summary: Directed by Clay Tweel, the six-part documentary adaptation of John Grisham's non-fiction book centers on two 1980s murder cases in Ada, Oklahoma with archival photos, video and interviews from attorneys, friends and families of the victims, journalists, and town residents as well as JohnDirected by Clay Tweel, the six-part documentary adaptation of John Grisham's non-fiction book centers on two 1980s murder cases in Ada, Oklahoma with archival photos, video and interviews from attorneys, friends and families of the victims, journalists, and town residents as well as John Grisham and Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project. Expand
  • Genre(s): Reality, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Chitwood
    Dec 17, 2018
    80
    The Innocent Man does a terrific job of zeroing in on the town of Ada itself, coloring the setting so that when it starts to dig into the issues involving the police department and authorities, you understand the power dynamics that are at play.
  2. Reviewed by: Krutika Mallikarjuna
    Jan 2, 2019
    76
    The docuseries hits all the right beats of a good true crime offering: sensational crime, unimaginable fallout, wild abuse of power, and of course, the heroic figures still fighting for the truth to come out. And like most true crime docs, there's no neat bowtie of a resolution; the patterns of real life will always complicate the narrative. But the ending of The Innocent Man feels hopeless in way that most entries of the genre don't.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 13, 2018
    67
    There are moments when Innocent Man plays like one of those popular true crime podcasts. Its storytelling can be pokey and features a dizzying array of supporting characters--the pistol-packing preacher is a highlight--and a few, granted, become stunningly significant as the narrative continues.
  4. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Dec 14, 2018
    50
    The most interesting elements in the series are the ones left unexplored. Loose threads abound. And together, they hint at a larger story more compelling and less familiar than the one that’s actually being told.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Dec 13, 2018
    40
    Watching The Innocent Man is like watching a genre calcify in real time, stirring up a rudimentary sense of curiosity and outrage while running through every true crime cliche imaginable with little sense of focus or urgency or formal experimentation.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Dec 18, 2018
    40
    Even though Ross M. Dinerstein and Clay Tweel developed the series from a Grisham book that came out back in 2006, the fact that it’s arriving on the TV scene at this point in 2018 makes it look like a knockoff instead of a pioneer. It also doesn’t help that it’s plagued by cheesy staged reenactments and a slow pace that never fully draws in the audience. ... The Innocent Man is not as well done as other shows of its type, and that’s its biggest problem.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jan 11, 2019
    3
    The show is kind of a mess. There are way too many people interviewed, they keep switching between 2 similar crimes, and it just takes way tooThe show is kind of a mess. There are way too many people interviewed, they keep switching between 2 similar crimes, and it just takes way too long to try to come together in any meaningful way. The crimes are also so old that it's difficult to care about the possible police corruption in the cases.

    It also feels rather masturbatory on the part of John Grisham. His presence only made the documentary worse, sadly.

    This was one of the worst crime documentaries I've seen in recent years.
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