I have to grade this movie the same way I grade animated films; by determining the target audience, and grading accordingly.
Rotten Tomatoes audience score is at 98% as of this writing. So does this tell me most of the audience is made up of those who feel strongly about this issue, be it pro-choice or pro-life. I just don’t even want to go there. With such a polarizing issue, I’ll just step back and let those far more qualified slug it out.
There are many, many scenes that are not for the faint of heart, and equally as many photos. Please keep this in mind as you enter the theater.
I felt that the content and mechanics of the movie was done very well. This had to have been a difficult movie to write, but Andrew Klavan and Ann McElhinney knew the subject well. The acting and directing was above par and the pacing kept me interested at all times.
I was most impressed with Sara Jane Morris; you could almost feel the pain and anger that her character felt during the more emotionally packed scenes. Of course, Dean Cain and Nick Searcy, two great character actors, certainly gave fine performances.
By no means is this movie for everyone. But for those who feel passionately about this issue, and those who love to see justice served, you can’t miss with Gosnell.
About The Peetimes: There were a number of disturbing scenes in this movie. I couldn’t turn them all into Peetimes, but chose the 2 that I found most offensive.
There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)
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