Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Family movie night? There's an app for that

Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.

Parents' Guide to

O.J.: Made in America

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Riveting doc examines impact, background of famous crime.

Movie NR 2016 467 minutes
O.J.: Made in America Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+
The above review gives good insight to the first four episodes. The fifth episode becomes more dark with drug use, strippers, naked women, etc.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Thoughtful, compelling, and ultimately very sad, this seven-and-a-half-hour documentary shines a new light onto a case you may think you know and uses every minute of its running time to tell us why. Why was O.J. Simpson so famous, so revered? Why was he able to repeatedly skate away from consequences even before the murders? Why was the jury primed to acquit? Of course, the most famous why of all -- why did he do it? -- is a dark mystery locked in the heart of a murderer, but this wide-ranging, carefully put-together doc does make a strong case for why he wasn't convicted.

Whereas The People v. O.J. Simpson surprised viewers by making them care and feel things about a case they'd long put aside, O.J. Simpson: Made in America draws in viewers by revealing details they may not have known about Simpson or the case: the way he was able to skate out of consequences for his actions as a charming young man; where, when, and how he met Nicole; and race, domestic abuse, celebrity, civil rights, the LAPD, the legal process, and how the prosecution of murder has changed since the case. Think you won't want to watch a documentary this long about a case you think you know a lot about? O.J. Simpson: Made in America will grab your attention and prove you wrong.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate