They were acquitted and released from prison in 2011, before the verdicts were reinstated in 2014 and then overturned in Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, last year.Filmmakers Rod Blackhurst and Brian Mc Ginn follow the eight-year legal and media saga, with interviews with Knox, Sollecito and lead Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini.The primary person used to illustrate this is British journalist Nick Pisa, described by Shortlist as "loathsome".Yet it's a slightly exasperating film that never gets round to much more than stating the obvious, says Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.
A new true crime documentary explores the well-known Meredith Kercher murder case – but can it tell us anything new?
Titled Amanda Knox and released on Netflix, the documentary examines the case in which the US student and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted and imprisoned in Italy for the 2007 murder of Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Surrey.
The documentary makes a compelling case that Knox and Sollecito were victims of two forces: religious conservatism and pride, says Helen Lewis of the New Statesman.
"Mignini [the prosecutor in the case] maintains that as the 20-year-old Knox had several sexual partners, it is no stretch to imagine her masterminding the orgiastic killing of Kercher, together with two men she had recently met," says Lewis.
"It also becomes clear that the local police force is overwhelmed by the media attention and determined not to be embarrassed in front of the world." The documentary also "shines a bright spotlight" on everyone from the British tabloid writers to American cable news show hosts, says the Washington Post.
A scene in which Knox discovers for the first time that the case has attracted international media attention reinforces the idea that the "frenzied media coverage helped lead to an arrest and conviction before there was a close look at the facts", says the newspaper.