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The Witness

HD   NR Closed Captioning

James D. Solomon

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About the Movie

The name "Kitty Genovese" became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death while 38 witnesses did nothing. Fifty years later, her brother uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Ultimately, the murder is eclipsed by Mr. Genovese's own struggles - how his obsession exasperates family members, and how the perceived public apathy inspired him to fight in Vietnam, where he lost his legs. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Jun 2, 2016

Fresh: Even if you're familiar with debunked details of her murder, moments in the film have the capacity to startle. – Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 1, 2016

Fresh: The strength of "The Witness" lies in its recognition that the truth is often not just elusive but unattainable. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Jun 16, 2016

Fresh: The Witness, from first-time filmmaker James Solomon, is full of arresting moments. – Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, Jun 6, 2016

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