Dear Zachary

Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby's grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew's loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.
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Netflix Rating: 4.2
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 94%
Critics' score: 94   Audience score: 95   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

What begins as a poignant tribute to filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's dead best friend snowballs into a gut-wrenching true-crime story. full review

Peter Debruge, Variety

Just take our advice and bring tissues. You're going to need them. full review

Hank Sartin, Time Out

A slick account of ancient crevices in the human psyche rendered in cutting-edge cinematic style. full review

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

An undeniably shattering story, if forgivably shaky in its impassioned, therapeutic unfolding. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Dear Zachary earns its right to engage us on a primal level, but it comes on the heels of so many films that don't, movies that...prey on modern fears and inflate third-rate material to the plane of tragedy. full review

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

An agile, dizzyingly thorough tear-wringer that's equal parts memorial, crime drama and legal-reform tract, Dear Zachary handily trumps Capturing the Friedmans as the most searingly personal doc of the past half decade. full review

Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York

It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.

Stephen Holden, New York Times

A true-crime story so gripping, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year. full review

Martin Tsai, Village Voice

The facts are so awful that Dear Zachary can be forgiven much of its antsiness -- as a memorial, as a condolence to Bagby's parents (who became activists for judicial reform in their late son's honor), and as a howl of grief. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

A four-handkerchief documentary if there ever was one. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post
full review by Mark Holcomb, Time Out
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  • Release Year: 2008
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Available From: Jul 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 264 people
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Kurt Kuenne
Dr. Andrew Bagby, Kurt Kuenne, Kathleen Bagby, David Bagby, Dr. Shirley Turner, Zachary Andrew Turner

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