Not only the definitive American documentary about the war in Vietnam but a landmark political action.
Hearts and Minds is a tough film but it is no mere rehash of sad events. It is always aware of the primacy of man when man's given even half a chance.
| Original Score: 4/5
A reminder of how the best documentaries can resonate years after their release.
We're bludgeoned by the point of view, we don't like the feeling of manipulation we get. Yet there are scenes here of incredible power, even for a nation which watched this war on television every evening.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's one of the best documentaries ever made, a superb film about the thoughts and feelings of the era, the whole festering, spirited animus of it.
Davis's film seems as much a prosecution of the present as it is of the recent past; only the names and geographies have been changed.
The unnerving brilliance of the film owes to the director's skill at assembling information and allowing it to speak for itself.
| Original Score: 4/4
A masterful documentary, one of the most unsettling discussions of Vietnam and its aftermath ever to appear in any medium.