His political heart is in the right place but Brett Morgen can't connect the '60s anti-war movement to the political counter-culture from which it sprung.
History is on the side of the protesters, who were right to shout about government corruption and the Vietnam War, so a contemporary film needs to more than just take their side.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The first sign that somebody will be wholly unable to effectively communicate with kids today is when they refer to them as "kids today."
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The raw, gritty, real stock footage just doesn't match with the spoof-like quality of the animated trial.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A cacophony of sights and sounds and a disjointed narrative dilute the message.
| Original Score: 2/4
Morgen's film suffers from two fatal flaws: prosaic story-telling and political naivete.
Should probably have more depth after four decades of reflection.
| Original Score: 2/5
However authentically chaotic, Chicago 10 is insufficiently frenzied. For all its shock value, the trial was not the only game in town.
Chicago 10, Brett Morgen's semi-animated, semi-documentary attempt to make the '60s cool for a new generation of kids, does the opposite.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
In eschewing the use of a narrator or talking heads, Morgen leaves out too much crucial information.
In the end, the truest thing that can be said for Chicago 10 is that, though Morgen did just about everything he could to make his movie unwatchable, the story was interesting enough to fight him to a draw.
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.
Virulently biased (not one opponent of the 10 is interviewed), the film is ruined by presenting the trial via cartoons. I kept expecting Judge Hoffman to say, "Eh, What's up doc?"
| Original Score: 1/10
Lacks even the confidence to let speak for themselves the images of police and national guardsmen clubbing unarmed American demonstrators.
Brett Morgen's tiresome recreation of a watershed 1960s political trial shoots at fish in a barrel -- and misses.
Creaky and overinstructive.
It may be most effective for audiences who do need a spoonful of sugar to make the historical medicine go down.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A riveting work that's hilarious, accessible and, sure, timeless in some ways. But still maybe a bit useless, too.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A vibrant, unconventional documentary about the conspiracy trial of the so-called inciters of the riots that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
| Original Score: 3/4