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  • Summary: Executive produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, the seven-part documentary series follows the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones.
  • Genre(s): Documentary
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  1. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 12, 2018
    80
    It offers a powerful argument that people can be convicted as much by emotion and prejudice as by evidence. ... Defense is more straightforward than some of these [true crime] contemporaries. ... What “The Last Defense” does have is a clarity of moral purpose. Whether or not you find its arguments in these specific cases exonerating, it makes a disturbing argument about the potential for error in capital cases.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 12, 2018
    80
    The Last Defense is good enough television not to show all its cards in the first hour. That’s also its power.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 12, 2018
    63
    Doubts are raised, and convincing ones, but none are fatal blows, while the program is forced to concede at the end--in an on-screen bumper--that "post-conviction DNA testing has so far come back inconclusive."
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 12, 2018
    40
    Both Routier and Jones’ guilt seems open for debate--as does, in the end, their innocence. In surer hands, that ambiguity might have enlivened the series. Between its calculating tactics and unpersuasive reasoning, however, The Last Defense proves guided by activist intentions that interfere with its objectivity to the point of clouding its judgment.
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