Newtown

Directed by Kim A. Snyder

A look at how the community of Newtown, Connecticut came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

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  • ★★★★½ review by Siân on Letterboxd

    At the beginning of this documentary, a police officer says that he doesn't think anyone needs to know the graphic details of Sandy Hook but they do need to know the emotional ones. And that's what this documentary is: it's all emotion and heartache and grief and anger. It's beautifully edited and choses to focus on the "after," with parents and members of the community reflecting two years back (a lifetime for some, yesterday for others) to That Day.

  • ★★★½ review by Daniil333 on Letterboxd

    I really like how this documentary film focused on the victims and not on the killer himself, cause he doesn't deserve any attention at all! 

    It was a very good documentary, but it felt like it had some issues in the editing process. 

    69/100

  • ★★★★★ review by Andrew van Buuren on Letterboxd

    It's not necessarily an example of an incredibly well made documentary. But what are you going to say about the people in this documentary? You just pretty much shut up and listen to them talk about their trauma. What these people are going through is beyond harrowing. What are you going to do - give their grief and loss 3.5 stars out of 5 and complain about the editing?

  • ★★★½ review by Ash McMillan on Letterboxd

    Sometimes it's impossible to view a film objectively, or focus purely on the quality of the elements which make up the film. 

    Newtown sweeps you into an incomprehensible and expansive tragedy. To dissect it is to do a disservice to the content. 

    Regardless of whether this film is any good or not, the idea that 20 children and six adults can be killed in minutes will scrape at your insides far beyond the cinema.

  • ★★★★ review by Boonmee on Letterboxd

    Sobering, powerful, intimate look at grief under unimaginable circumstances. Newtown is admirable for its restraint and quiet insight into the intricacies of the process that those directly and indirectly connected to the Newtown massacre must go through to move forward.

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