Phil's Quick Capsule Review

American Murder: the Family Next Door (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Is Minority Report ever happened for real and real life crime stopped I’d fear for Netflix’s documentary team.  Yup another day another real life crime story.  But American Murder: the Family Next Door is a bit different. Taking social posts, ‘live’ footage, body-cams and media reporting, it crafts a murder story for the modern age where almost everything is caught on camera as it happens (except obviously the actual crime!) .  The format is fascinating and gives you a real intimate look at the public lives of an ordinary family and makes the tragic end even more impactful.  Probably the films biggest limitation also lies in its format – without TV cameras in the court a lot of the detail and the background is missed (not least the WHY) and the later half of the film leaves you with more questions than answers but, this aside, this is a compelling watch.

Best Bit: Lie detector

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Social Dilemma, Making A Murderer (TV), Tiger King (TV)

7 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...