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Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Jeremiah Zagar

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About the Movie

Pulsating with sex, drugs, and betrayal, a small-town New England murder became one of the highest-profile cases of the past twenty-five years. The first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. From gavel to gavel, a nation tuned in, and reality TV was born. The trial, the non-stop media attention surrounding it, and the events that caused it have inspired over 20 years of television, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant.With the suspense of a fiction thriller, CAPTIVATED rewinds the facts. It probes whether the media’s insatiable storytelling combined with Pamela Smart’s demeanor and naiveté settled the verdict long before the case was argued in court. CAPTIVATED makes us question everything we’re told as the line between news and entertainment continues to blur.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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75%
  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film is often just as coy and cagey as Ms. [Pamela] Smart (who is interviewed) and other central figures are when they talk about the crime and their role in it. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Aug 18, 2014

Fresh: I still don't know if Smart is innocent. No one outside the case ever will. But watching Captivated certainly made me reconsider why I assumed she was guilty in the first place. – Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 21, 2015

Fresh: [A] full-bodied and thoughtful HBO documentary. – Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 21, 2015

Fresh: All the material in Captivated that involves media distortion and justice is relatively interesting. – Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe, Aug 18, 2014

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Amazing…she is in jail because she talks in circles like the OJ bull s***

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