Hearts & Minds Reviews

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
March 17, 2009
Not only the definitive American documentary about the war in Vietnam but a landmark political action.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 12, 2004
A reminder of how the best documentaries can resonate years after their release.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 30, 2004
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 22, 2004
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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 19, 2004
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.
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
September 24, 2004
The unnerving brilliance of the film owes to the director's skill at assembling information and allowing it to speak for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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March 12, 2003
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A masterful documentary, one of the most unsettling discussions of Vietnam and its aftermath ever to appear in any medium.