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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Just take our advice and bring tissues. You're going to need them.
Hank Sartin, Time Out  full review
A slick account of ancient crevices in the human psyche rendered in cutting-edge cinematic style.
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic  full review
An undeniably shattering story, if forgivably shaky in its impassioned, therapeutic unfolding.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times  full review
A four-handkerchief documentary if there ever was one.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
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.
Martin Tsai, Village Voice  full review
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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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.
Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York  full review
What begins as a poignant tribute to filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's dead best friend snowballs into a gut-wrenching true-crime story.
Peter Debruge, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2008
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Available From: Jul 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 452 people
Directed By
Kurt Kuenne
Dr. Andrew Bagby, Kurt Kuenne, Kathleen Bagby, David Bagby, Dr. Shirley Turner, Zachary Andrew Turner