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Anthem

Anthem (1997)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Two young women travel across the country in an old Saab armed with Hi-8 cameras, experience as Hollywood production assistants and a strong desire to capture the true character and spirit of the American people. Their journey leads Kristin Hahn and Shainee Gabel to interview a wide variety of people ranging from cultural and generational icons such as journalist Hunter S. Thompson to author Studs Terkel to actor/filmmaker Robert Redford to politicians Christine Ferrari and George McGovern to

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Gabel and Hahn, whose thoughtful and frequently amusing commentary carries us through thousands of miles of interstate and more motels than Frank Zappa ever imagined, are guided by John Steinbeck's wisdom that you don't take a trip, but the trip takes you

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is a documentary that could easily have been overly self-indulgent or fashionably irreverent but instead appeals to one's intelligence and provides glimpses of a dynamic country cruising peacefully toward the millennium.

September 24, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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It's enjoyable precisely because Hahn and Gabel give us both sides of the experience: the interviewer and interviewee. Though there's an undercurrent of melancholy, Anthem is a bright ride, a welcome shot of 60's optimism in a gray post-modern age.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The delightful, sometimes humorous yet thoughtful result of [Gabel's and Hahn's] efforts is Anthem, in which they talk to nearly 30 people, some famous, some obscure, to find out what's on their minds.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film has the invitingly earnest feel of a Charles Kuralt feature, bringing you into the living rooms, kitchens and cars of some very unlikely heroes.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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a naive, surprisingly sloppy documentary.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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While Anthem may not offer any genuine insight into the future of America, Gabel and Hahn at least prove that the can-do spirit has not been completely lost to cynicism and the cult of celebrity.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a funny and immensely thought-provoking documentary that is a testament to just how far a pair of enthusiastic young filmmakers can go with pluck and gall.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Many themes emerge -- equality, justice, freedom, environmental crisis -- but weaving them into cogent insights is beyond the adventurers.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Over-long, full of itself, ultimately pointless.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The great (and pleasant) surprise of Anthem is how satisfying a documentary it is and how the observations about America's direction in the new century are clairvoyant rather than stale.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Far too often these days, documentary filmmakers try to push their own political agendas on audiences by ridiculing those who have different views from their own. Happily, that's not the case with Anthem.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It could use about a half hour cut from it, but still highly entertaining.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Anthem stands as a unique testament to the vigor and scope of the American way of life; this is the rare kind of film that should be placed in a time capsule for future generations so they might have a better appreciation of our moment in history.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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