PRAISE FOR "THOUGHT CRIMES: THE CASE OF THE CANNIBAL COP" -
"TV's infatuation with true crime can be traced to "Making a Murderer" and "The Jinx," but precious little rises to that level. HBO scales those heights and then some with "Mommy Dead and Dearest," a twisted and twisty documentary that's as unsettling as it is absorbing." Brian Lowry for CNN.
"HBO’S "Mommy Dead and Dearest" is a perfect storm of true crime, pageantry, and southern gothic tropes. This is a story that needs to be seen to be believed. A must-watch for any fan of true crime." Aja Romano for VOX.
"Some true-crime documentaries have to embellish and overstate to justify giving so much attention to a garden-variety criminal case. Not “mommy dead and dearest,” which has its premiere Monday night on HBO. The strangeness of this killing speaks for itself, and the director, erin lee carr, largely just lets it do so. Neil Genzlinger for the NEW YORK TIMES.
"With a clear eye for the bizarre twists, absurdities and horrors that shape a tabloid story, filmmaker Erin Lee Carr is concerned first and foremost with that story’s real-life characters. "Mommy Dead and Dearest" gathers many voices to explain how, in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s ballyhooed bond, loving togetherness was in fact a sociopathic stranglehold." Sherri Lindin for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
"Absorbing," "a primer for the century ahead." Neil Genzlinger for the New York Times.
“It's a compelling documentary...that raises uncomfortable questions." Jordan Hoffman for THE GUARDIAN
"Carr pushes this story beyond its tabloid luridness to discover that even legal experts, psychologists and Internet ethicists are somewhat flummoxed — if not by the fact that Valle was prosecuted in the first place, then by the limits of what any of us could be charged with." Hank Stuever for THE WASHINGTON POST
"When do horrific thoughts become crimes? Do mere Google searches — even ones as menacing as "What is the best rope to tie someone up with?" and "How do you make chloroform?" — constitute overt acts? Is engaging in online conversations about raping, torturing and murdering women evidence of a conspiracy? These are among the fascinating questions raised by Erin Lee Carr's provocative documentary about Gilberto Valle, better known, thanks to tabloid newspapers, as the "Cannibal Cop." Frank Sheck for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER