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Chicago 10 (2008)

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81

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 16

Brett Morgan's half-animated, half-documentary film is an arresting, sometimes visionary portrait of the historic and chaotic trial.

76

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 7

Brett Morgan's half-animated, half-documentary film is an arresting, sometimes visionary portrait of the historic and chaotic trial.

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The Kid Stays in the Picture director Brett Morgen turns his unique eye toward the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in this 2006 documentary. Using a star-studded voice cast along with a blend of archival footage and animation, Morgen tells the story of the eight demonstrators who were arrested and tried for conspiracy in the wake of the violent anti-war protests. Featuring the voices of Nick Nolte and Mark Ruffalo among others, Chicago 10 premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film

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Documentary, Drama, Animation

Brett Morgen

Aug 26, 2008

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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (16) | DVD (9)

Chicago 10 is that nearly perfect marriage of style -- edgy, different -- to documentary subject: 1968, that seminal year so celebrated in 2008 for changing the America that came after it.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Makes skillful use of documentary footage to relate what happened in the streets of Chicago, culminating in what was routinely described at the time as 'a police riot.'

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A vibrant, unconventional documentary about the conspiracy trial of the so-called inciters of the riots that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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If nothing else, it's a welcomed alternative to the more straightforward and serious film that Spielberg is likely to deliver.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Given the filmmaker's privileged perspective of hindsight, to notconsider the real-world repercussions of their theater, to not connect the dots between 1968 and 2008 is a squandered opportunity.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If you accept the premise that it's a multimedia happening rather than a history lesson, the half-documentary, half-cartoon Chicago 10 is a smash of a mash-up. Call it 1968, the Remix.

March 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Chicago 10 is definitely worth a look for skeptics young and old.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It may be most effective for audiences who do need a spoonful of sugar to make the historical medicine go down.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Revisits 1968 as a court room drama, through a fresh cinematic look to avoid period clichés while broadening history's appeal to both boomers and their children.

December 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Chicago 10 isn't perfect, but is required viewing for anyone who wasn't around at the time, if only as a reminder of the effectiveness of citizen action.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Morgan is more interested in recreating the confusing experience of living through those times than in evaluating them in a perspective informed by 40 years of hindsight.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

The ultimate lesson? Sometimes you make a noble point by acting like a jackass.

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Director Brett Morgen earns high marks for finding a most innovative way to illustrate a regrettable chapter in American history.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

...despite its storytelling creativity, it doesn't generate as much inspiration or excitement as I would have expected.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Chicago 10 is an art-house rarity that manages to visually dazzle while peeling away the layers of this contentious moment in time, giving viewers an eyeful of social unrest and wondrous screen fantasia.

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

The raw, gritty, real stock footage just doesn't match with the spoof-like quality of the animated trial.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Short on nuance but long on passion, Chicago 10 recreates the gradual boil-over from peaceful gathering to chaos by augmenting ample, close-range footage with the kind of sonic boom that seldom accompanies political documentaries.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Indirectly scolds today's meek populace for letting its war-minded government rage unchecked.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Chicago 10 brandishes enough sickening reality (Chicago police clubbing protestors, etc.) to make the audience gasp with astonishment.

April 11, 2008

The Chicago riots may have been our parents' history, but this is not our parents' documentary.

April 11, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

Despite the number in its title, this odd but sometimes entertaining documentary/docudrama hybrid looks at seven defendants who were accused of organizing the protests and orchestrating the resulting mayhem.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Filmmaker Brett Morgen returns with another livelier-than-usual entry in the nonfiction field, a portrait of '60s activism that mixes vintage footage with cartoon-animated re-enactments.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

A documentary that somehow manages to capture the anarchic spirit of those topsy-turvy times without devolving into anarchy itself.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Chicago 10

Entertaining and informative, but lacking depth
October 23, 2008
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

Animated trial segments with celebrity voice actors distract from more gripping news footage about those who protested a government which denied its citizens their rights.
July 14, 2008
wbgoose13

Super Reviewer

I turned this documentary off. How could you fuck this up? Seriously. I tell you how. You mix terrible animation with Rage Against the Machine playing the first five minutes during the set-up of this damned thing.

Yeah, the film's about something from the '60s and RATM is playing. NICE CHOICE ASSHOLES! And I couldn't hear a damn thing cuz Tom Morello is SOLOING HIS BALLS OFF and the animation makes me want to cry.

UGH!!
December 31, 2008
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matt sigur

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This is a documentary about the protest at the 1968 Democratic convention and the trial that followed. This is an important story worth telling, and the actual documentary footage works pretty well, but the film shoots itself in the foot with its animated recreations. The first problem is that the animation in these reenactments looks horrible; it?s a form of rotoscope animation drawn over live actors, but it isn?t done anywhere near as well as it was in Richard Linklater?s films, it looks like something that would have been used in a computer game from 1995. Secondly the voice acting is ridiculous on a regular basis, particularly with the judge whose voice sounded like a mix between Mr. Magoo and Froghorn Leghorn, the facts of this trial are more then enough to feel like a miscarriage of justice, the added effect is cheesy and unneeded. The film uses modern protest songs by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Eminem, this initially felt out of place, then again the last thing the world needed was yet another montage of 60s civil disobedience to the tune of Buffalo Springfield. I think what the film really needed was some contemporary interviews looking back, six of the ten are still alive and I would have loved to hear their take today.
November 13, 2008
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