Disgraced

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 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 Shaun Munro on Letterboxd

    A jaw-droppingly unsettling look at the wild world of American collegiate sports, Disgraced makes the most of its disturbing tale and the colourful characters within, especially slimeball basketball coach Dave Bliss.

  • ★★★½ review by Reasonwasout on Letterboxd

    A murder takes place, a young basketball slayer slain. And this is the least interesting part of the story of Disgraced.

    The story is interesting, even if the documentary is only slightly above average. It doesn't seem to be consistent on what the most engaging part of the story is, tries for some "gotcha" interviews that mostly feel aimless. Its well done, but could've used a stronger editor.

  • ★★★½ review by Felix Hubble: Boy Donkey on Letterboxd

    Very solid Showtime doco about a bizarre murder which sprawls into a look at corruption in the US college basketball league. At times, feels like an unfocused Jynx imitation but there's more than enough substance to push it over the line.

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