Chicago 10 Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Chicago 10 is definitely worth a look for skeptics young and old.
June 12, 2010
It may be most effective for audiences who do need a spoonful of sugar to make the historical medicine go down.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 14, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
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.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 19, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
September 15, 2008
The ultimate lesson? Sometimes you make a noble point by acting like a jackass.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 27, 2008
Director Brett Morgen earns high marks for finding a most innovative way to illustrate a regrettable chapter in American history.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 24, 2008
...despite its storytelling creativity, it doesn't generate as much inspiration or excitement as I would have expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
August 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 17, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 18, 2008
The raw, gritty, real stock footage just doesn't match with the spoof-like quality of the animated trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 22, 2008
Indirectly scolds today's meek populace for letting its war-minded government rage unchecked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 11, 2008
Chicago 10 brandishes enough sickening reality (Chicago police clubbing protestors, etc.) to make the audience gasp with astonishment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 11, 2008
The Chicago riots may have been our parents' history, but this is not our parents' documentary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 10, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John DeFore
Austin American-Statesman
April 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
April 4, 2008
A documentary that somehow manages to capture the anarchic spirit of those topsy-turvy times without devolving into anarchy itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Harper Baines
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2008
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 4, 2008
A vibrant, unconventional documentary about the conspiracy trial of the so-called inciters of the riots that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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