LAS VEGAS – DECEMBER 5: O.J. Simpson (C) speaks in court prior to his sentencing as his attorneys Gabriel Grasso (L) and Yale Galanter listen at the Clark County Regional Justice Center December 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart were sentenced on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. (Photo by Issac Brekken-Pool/Getty Images)

One of the more anticipated documentaries in the new season of ESPN’s 30 for 30 is the “OJ Simpson: Made in America” five-part series that will air later this year. Not to be confused with upcoming FX mini-series, “People vs. OJ Simpson,” which will focus just on the 1995 murder trial, the 30 for 30 will encompass many aspects of his life.

And for some critics who have already screened the documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s receiving a lot of high praise. From Brian Moylan of The Guardian:

If all of its long-form documentaries are going to be this good, it is going to be absolutely vital viewing for both fans of sports and casual viewers.

Brian Lowry of Variety wrote that it was a “master opus.” Daniel Fienberg from the Hollywood Reporter also enjoyed the five-part series:

O.J.: Made in America is a provocative, intelligent and thorough documentary that tears along at an impressive clip given its length, with tragedy around every corner.

But the biggest praise came from writer Chuck Klosterman who really came out with the hyperbole:

“The greatest thing ESPN has ever produced” is quite impressive. “OJ Simpson: Made in America” won’t be hitting the ESPN airwaves until June, but to already receive some really good advanced buzz will do nothing but help the anticipation of the documentary.

[Business Insider]

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Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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