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      Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

      R Released Jun 27, 2014 1h 47m Documentary List
      83% Tomatometer 48 Reviews 70% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Filmmaker Joe Berlinger examines the story of South Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger, including his sensational trial. Key players on every side reveal Bulger's influence on crime and law enforcement. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      An admirable yet incomplete effort to cover a sprawling subject, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger will leave viewers wanting more -- in good ways as well as bad.

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      Leslie Felperin Guardian Dense thickets of information, told via rostrum-shot photos and documents plus angry mob's worth of witnesses, become a grind after a while, as does the trite guitar-led mystery music. Rated: 2/5 Sep 23, 2015 Full Review Joe McGovern Entertainment Weekly With minimal conspiratorial bluster, Berlinger unmasks the compliant faces of evil. Rated: A- Dec 3, 2014 Full Review Moira MacDonald Seattle Times Within the confines of an under-two-hours running time ... Berlinger does an impressive job of keeping the film coherent and often fascinating. Rated: 3/4 Jul 17, 2014 Full Review Josh Goller Spectrum Culture Joe Berlinger again directs an incisive and compelling court case documentary. Rated: 3.25/5 Jul 18, 2019 Full Review C.J. Prince Way Too Indie Taking one of the most notorious criminals in US history, Berlinger makes a truly compelling argument against the status quo when it comes to Bulger's sordid past. Jun 20, 2019 Full Review Frank Ochieng Popoptiq Whitey does not begin to scratch the surface of a vicious broken man whose life of crime was such an abomination to afflicted generations of New Englanders that were close in proximity to an out-of-control devil that demanded disorder and devastation. Rated: 3/4 Nov 8, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Manny P One would hope that, in time, the regional FBI, the "stadies" and the DoJ, will be shamed into extinction. All the members past, present and deceased have their service records expunged, pensions ceased and reparations for the families sought. A wonderful city, but the rats live above ground. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/22 Full Review a.l.jude p Lacking of depth comparatively to other renown documentaries. Assume this is influence by CNN prehistoric. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave d 'WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER' is a mostly solid documentary on how corrupt the FBI and the mob were. Being that the two were working together makes it a bit scary. Having seen 'Black Mass' I felt I was pretty well informed on the subject, but there is more to learn here especially considering you have clips from Bulger via a phone call with his lawyer. It's not hard-hitting on Bulger, but it is on the FBI. It covers a lot of ground that the dramatized 'Black Mass' got wrong and neglected. It doesn't much talk about anything but the crimes. There's still a lot missing including his ability to be on the lam for almost two decades. I want to know more about this fascinating story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Stephen S Excellent documentary using interviews and actual footage. If you like true crime or are even remotely interested in Whitey Bulger, check this out. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/20/16 Full Review Audience Member http://filmreviewsnsuch.blogspot.com/2016/06/whitey-united-states-of-america-v-james.html Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Gets really boring. The last half of courtroom he-said-she-said is very tiring. Some interesting stuff, but the allegations of corruption are not proved, and argumentative at best. Read about Whitey online instead. Watched on Netflix at home, March 7, 2016. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Filmmaker Joe Berlinger examines the story of South Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger, including his sensational trial. Key players on every side reveal Bulger's influence on crime and law enforcement.
      Director
      Joe Berlinger
      Producer
      Joe Berlinger, Caroline Suh
      Distributor
      Magnolia Pictures
      Production Co
      Third Eye Motion Picture Company, CNN Films, Magnolia Pictures, Radical Media
      Rating
      R (Some Crime Scene Images|Language)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 27, 2014, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 14, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $75.6K
      Runtime
      1h 47m
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