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92 Ratings

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Directed by Nick Broomfield
United States, United Kingdom, 2014


Perennially provocative documentarian Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper,” who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

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Tales of the Grim Sleeper Directed by Nick Broomfield
Nick Broomfield’s latest offering may be his most restrained. Broomfield, never one to miss an opportunity to place himself front and centre of his own camera, inserting his own narrative into the stories he’s tracking, takes a back seat in Tales of the Grim Sleeper, opting to let another, far more qualified individual direct the trajectory of his documentary for him to the film’s benefit.
August 16, 2015
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Tales of the Grim Sleeper is a compelling awakening to true and terrible crimes. Broomfield avoids an all-too-obvious condemnation of Franklin Jr favouring an exploration of the other hibernating forces at work. His contrarian stance will leave you questioning the true identity of the multiple villains of this piece. The answer is guaranteed to keep you awake at night.
January 29, 2015
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These days Nick Broomfield seems to elicit knowing winces (which is certainly easier to produce than an actual reckoning with his techniques), yet there’s no denying the strength and the horror of his latest work, which delves into a jaw-dropping run of serial murders in South Central Los Angeles.
January 12, 2015
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