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Kim A. Snyder

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About the Movie

Three years after the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, CT that took the lives of twenty elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is a complex psychological web in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. Kim A. Snyder’s searing NEWTOWN documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. There are no easy answers, no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back those who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Instead, Snyder gives us exclusive access into the lives and homes of those who remain, all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events. Each person, be it a parent, school nurse, or state police officer, tries in their own way to make sense of their loss. NEWTOWN bears witness to their profound grief and allows it to reverberate within our collective conscience - exploring what happens to a community after it becomes the epicenter of a national discussion, and what is still left to cope with after the cameras leave.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 30
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This film isn't content to be merely a "never forget" reminder; it wants to convey just how deep and lasting the pain is, from this attack and, by extension, many others. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Oct 6, 2016

Fresh: Modest but devastating ... – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Oct 6, 2016

Fresh: Kim A. Snyder's Sandy Hook documentary is an elegant, devastating portrait of a town in mourning. – Andrew Barker, Variety, Jan 24, 2016

Fresh: Snyder has chosen to make a documentary about collective grief. She's created a devastating cry from the heart of a crisis ... – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 14, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Beautifully devastating

This is an exquisite documentary about the unimaginable grief that the entire Newtown community continues to struggle with. It also filled me with such anger about the politicians in this country who don't see the need for stricter gun laws. If they only felt 1/100th the sense of loss that these families have suffered...

Faith in Humanity is Broken, and then Restored...

A triumph of documentary filmmaking. The faces and voices of those directly affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary will forever remain in my head and heart after experiencing this film. Listening to them tell their own stories and the stories of the children we all lost that day is humbling and powerful and in the end, hopeful. Incredibly well done.

Beyond outraged

I grew up in newtown Ct. I was there when the shooting happened and it will forever leave a hole in my heart. But this documentry is the exact reason we have a mass shooting problem in america. Because the media proffits over the loss of others and glorifys these shooters. And to use such a tradety to spread a political message about stricter gun laws is sickening. This is not about gun laws its about mental health and when we keep making these documentaries it encourages other suicidal people to do the ecact same thing. Because then your name will live on forever, you will be on every Tv and new acrticle. Don't support this movie. Take it from someone who grew up in newtown. This is not entertianment is a real mass murder that still effects my life to this day. Go watch Song of the sea or The Arrival with the people you love. Be thankful for what you have and choose to be happy. Dont help glorify a mass murder.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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