An incredibly powerful message is drowned out in a repetitive documentary that honors the victims it highlights, but fails to reveal anything new.
Leave No Trace pulls back the curtain on one of the biggest scandals in American history as more than 82,000 boy scouts have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Most revealing here is the amount of time that this has been happening and the lengths to which the organization went to protect those accused (and itself). This is a story that truly rivals the Catholic church in terms of coverup and impact, a disgraceful abuse of trust that puts minors at risk.
This review is in no way a reflection on the importance of sharing this story, rather it refers to the repetitive nature of the film that seems like a stretched out news segment rather than a documentary that wants to deliver new information. The level of impact is monumental, but viewers may tire quickly.
Leave No Trace is now streaming on Hulu.
Seen at the 2022 Tribeca Festival