"Astounding and powerful.”
"Essential"..."Charts nothing less than what it’s like to try to grow up free in the prison capital of the world."
— The Village Voice
— Shadow and Act
"Raising Bertie strongly executes the things that a documentary in this genre should accomplish — it points to a larger issue by using the affected individuals to tell an honest story."
— Vox Magazine
"Deserves a place beside the great achievements in longitudinal film."
— The Moving World
"The experiences and challenges of the rural poor might make it into the national conversation as an abstraction, but rarely with the specificity of this intimate portrait of a black community."