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Little Hope Was Arson

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Theo Love

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About the Movie

Little Hope Was Arson is a feature-length documentary that tells an incredible true story of two boys with dark secrets, and the community struggling to forgive them. The film paints a fascinating portrait of the American Bible Belt set against the backdrop of a thrilling crime investigation. No stone is left unturned and even Satan himself is considered a suspect in this gripping investigation of a community terrorized from the inside out.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's Americana unvarnished and, because of that, as absorbing as it is respectful. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Nov 20, 2014

Fresh: Nate Larson's lensing is above documentary average, while first-time feature helmer Love's editing does an astute job of shaping the pic's first 45 minutes as an investigative mystery, leaving the post-arrest remainder for collective soul searching. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Nov 25, 2014

Fresh: The film's exploration of the tenuous bonds within a community will surely prompt serious soul-searching. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 2014

Fresh: Theo Love's mesmerizing documentary Little Hope Was Arson is as evenhanded as it is unsettling. – Sam Weisberg, Village Voice, Nov 18, 2014

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Customer Reviews

This movie is a joke

I wish I had a match. Over an hour of religious babble. Honestly, this was laughable. Texas, you never disappoint. You say you’ll keep your church doors open for children who go astray, yet you sentence 2 KIDS to 15 consecutive life sentences for burning down a building. Men serve less for killing over 10 people let alone arson on 10 plus buildings. It’s brick and wood with a cross on it. I wonder how you feel about gay marriage or interracial relationships, you backwards, prehistoric ape state. You’re a joke, Texas.

deeply biased

celebrates religious zealots, backwards thinking and prejudiced church / political groups who use the fires as further justification for their fight of ‘good' against 'the devil.’

In my opinion, when the youth turn against the false idols of their elders in these close-minded church communities... it’s a good sign.

You Could Call It Interesting...

...or you could call it what it really is: conservative, right-wing, religious propaganda. This is a very sad side of the world today.

Little Hope Was Arson
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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