The untold story of the summer of 2003 at Baylor University that exposes the attempted cover-up, and the corruption that became the most bizarre scandal in college sports history.
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★★★★ review by Elliot Farinaro on Letterboxd
Aside from some of the more technical drawbacks I had with the film (like the tacky opening credit sequence), this was engrossing, shocking, and it contains my favorite moment in a film of 2017 so far.
★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
1 o' tha most suspenseful
filmeeeeees o' tha decade.
★★★★ review by Dan Gorman on Letterboxd
Super-compelling documentary about the murder of a College Basketball star and the cover-up that followed; tightly composed, always interesting, and upsetting in moments.
If you've already watched The Keepers, Making a Murderer, The Jinx, et al. this will be right up your alley.
★★★★½ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd
Director Patt Kondelis helms this riveting true crime story, full of twists and shocks, about the sandal that rocked the campus of Baylor University and the city of Waco, Texas in the summer of 2003. “It’s one of those things people around here do NOT talk about,” we’re told early on, and it’s easy to see why — what begins as a sort of bizarre missing person case turns into a jaw-dropping story of murder, cover-up, corruption, NCAA rules violations, and surreptitious recordings. And, of course, BU’s faculty and alumni do their best to manipulate the outcome and the aftershocks, for the good of The Program. It’s one of those docs where just when you think it can’t get any stranger, it does, so it will appeal to the 'Jinx'/'Serial' set. But beyond that, it’s a blistering character study of Coach Dave Bliss, whose passive language, crocodile tears, and stunning conspiracy theories (conveyed when he thinks the camera is off) accumulate into a real, unvarnished portrait of everyday evil.
★★★★ review by Aaron_Kelley on Letterboxd
I am not that interested in sports but I find sports stories and sport scandals fascinating. This definitely was fascinating but it is SO much more sad and an indictment on not just the Baylor athletic program but institutions in general. It's hard to talk about this without spoiling much but what at first seems like a missing person's case ends up being a cover up and massive NCAA violations. You will come out of this hating Coach Bliss. He represents everything that people hate about anyone who has any hint of power. To know that the truth as to what happened will probably never come out is heartbreaking, especially for all the loved ones involved with this.
Even though this isn't at the level of say a Jinx or The Imposter it is still a very well made documentary. It is set up almost like a thriller and it keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next. Also, the documentary makers do a great job of getting good material out of those interviewed. I do recommend this one and also recommend checking out ESPN's 30 for 30 docs as well.
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