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The Sentence

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There is a new tragedy for the family after the 15-year-old girl, Cindy, was charged with conspiracy to murder her boyfriend. Rudy Valdez is Cindy's brother, trying to deal with the family tragedy again by recounting those daily details and moments that Cindy did not share. Rudy is next to his family in a combat case for Cindy's release, but the punishment must eventually be commensurate with the crime.
Actors: N/A
Genre: Crime Documentary
Director: Rudy Valdez
Country: United States
Release: 2018
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Duration: 85 min
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CRITICS OF "The Sentence"
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The Daily Beast
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October 15, 2018

We know that the camera isn't being held by a stranger but a beloved uncle, which imbues each exchange with not only affection but also an irreproducible immediacy.
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Los Angeles Times
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October 11, 2018

What unnecessary imprisonment does to families is often written about in abstract terms, but to see what it did to one specific family runs an emotional gamut that the patience of this heroically committed filmmaker does full justice to.
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Hollywood Reporter
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January 21, 2018

The Sentence is so committed to its concentration on emotion and heart that it's difficult not to get carried away and it feels almost churlish to quibble with the intellectual responses it barely aspires to.
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Vanity Fair
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October 15, 2018

The project is as painful as it is straightforward.
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Diario La Estrella (Fort Worth, TX)
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October 15, 2018

At some point during the documentary, the story of a family tragedy begins to find its activism tone, and Rudy's work to document Cindy's life... begins to be drawn as a universal story, which can change lives. [Full review in Spanish]
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RogerEbert.com
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October 12, 2018

The Sentence is the beginning of a conversation that needs to continue.
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New York Times
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October 11, 2018

By making you feel deeply for his sister and her children, Valdez has fashioned his film to make the lapses less glaring.
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Paste Magazine
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October 15, 2018

This is not that film. It's an intimate, small-scale portrait of how a profoundly unintelligent policy impacted one family.
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Solzy at the Movies
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October 10, 2018

...The Sentence is one of the most powerful documentaries of 2018.
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Variety
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August 01, 2018

The subject is inherently engrossing, but a better documentary could (and probably will) be made about it.
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Film Journal International
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October 10, 2018

Indicts the mandatory minimum-sentence system not through accumulating facts but by showing its traumatic toll on [the director's] family.
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L.A. Weekly
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October 10, 2018

Here's a true surprise in 2018: a documentary about an American injustice that will likely leave you, by its end, blubbering tears of relieved joy.
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