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Whitey: United States of America V. James J Bulger

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Joe Berlinger

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About the Movie

From Academy Award®-nominated director Joe Berlinger, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems. This real-life documentary, based on Bulger’s trials, mirrors the narrative feature release of BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Gripping and troubling ... – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 26, 2014

Fresh: With minimal conspiratorial bluster, Berlinger unmasks the compliant faces of evil. – Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 3, 2014

Fresh: "Whitey" emerges as yet another of Berlinger's gripping, irony-laced snapshots of the American criminal justice system ... – Scott Foundas, Variety, Jun 27, 2014

Rotten: Bulger remains frustratingly opaque. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Jun 26, 2014

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Customer Reviews

It's just okay

I enjoyed watching this documentary. It does a good job of laying out the prosecution of Bulger, but tends to get too caught up in a larger conspiracy theory, which is based upon a lot of speculation and people's beliefs. It's the lack of factual support for the larger conspiracy where this documentary lost me.

Cutting & Powerful

Whitey: The United States of America VS Whitey Bulger

The federal government- in all it's facets, is prescribed policy, procedural rules and laws which it must comply with in how it conducts it's operations while fulfilling it's purpose to the American people. When allegations arise that it has wondered from that prescript, it has an opportunity to redress and responsibility to amend its wrongs. This film's proposition of a heavy government conspiracy- be it from perpetrators or victim advocates, may seem like tale spin, but not one that's hard to sell. The DOJ & FBI's unwillingness to answer heavy questions accompanied with the fact that it didn't actively pursue cases with a strong potential for conviction definitely proves there is more than what meets the eye here. I personally beg the question of how
ANY FBI agent can, over the course of 20 some years, have a significant number of friends, family members, and colleagues either investigated, imprisoned, executed or missing and continue to hold the same title and in the same district. One thing that can't be denied here, whether it's allegations being true or not, if the gov't admitted some knowledge that it knew Bulger was the usual suspect, there'd be a lot of law suits, hefty settlements, other persons being sentenced to long prison terms,

Great job… why not SELL IT

I really liked this… and would watch it multiple times… why not sell it? why is it only for rent?

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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