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4.6
411 Ratings

O.J.: Made in America

Directed by Ezra Edelman
United States, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

The rise and fall of American football star, O.J. Simpson, from his days growing up in Los Angeles to his murder trial that polarized the country.

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O.J.: Made in America Directed by Ezra Edelman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Winner: Best Documentary Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Winner: Best Documentary

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Film

2016 | Winner: Best Documentary

After watching this absolutely penetrating, perfectly structured episodic television study of this era-defining event… any attentive viewer will no longer be able to think of the murder trial as a contained event with its own beginning and end. This devastating television miniseries reminds you that history—personal or public—exists on a continuum.
January 16, 2017
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Ezra Edelman’s often operatic, occasionally textbook attempt to fully contextualise the quintessentially American tragedy of the football and advertising icon turned murder suspect… What keeps the epic multi-part series from feeling like just another binge-y true-crime number is the intelligence and sobriety of Edelman’s storytelling. You can’t look away, and what he shows you is clear-eyed and invaluable.
January 13, 2017
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Great journalism or great cinema? I lean toward the former, but if treating O.J.: Made in America as a marathon film is going to be a requisite for granting it the credit it’s due, I’m happy to fall in line. Ezra Edelman’s riveting investigative saga, divided into five hour-and-a-half installments and released as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30, ransacks the multi-tiered complexities and implications of both the public and anecdotal records of O.J. Simpson’s notorious murder case in the mid-nineties.
January 06, 2017
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