Sacco and Vanzetti Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 26, 2009
A long-held cause celebre for leftists the world over, the story of immigrant activists Sacco & Vanzetti is told in Peter Miller's rote documentary as a reference point for the way immigrants are still mistreated in America.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
Surprisingly, this is the first nonfiction film to tackle the subject and Miller manages to find the parallels to contemporary times without being too pedantic or heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2007
Nicola Sacco, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, and the incredible firestorm of outrage generated by their criminal trials have been largely neglected in recent years, but Peter Miller's absolutely engrossing documentary Sacco and Vanzetti brings it all back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 5, 2007
But even those who might feel that the movie presents a one-sided view of the evidence would have to admit that the trial was a travesty.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 2, 2007
A knee-jerk take that may touch many hearts but does not feed or satisfy the mind.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 2, 2007
The meat-and-potatoes style of Sacco and Vanzetti seems less a failure of imagination than a means of putting in the foreground its intriguing subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
March 31, 2007
With cases of such importance, it's always a good idea to be reminded every now and then as to how things can go wrong, and justice means that just because a person is guilty of SOMETHING, doesn't mean that it's okay for the State frame them for something
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 30, 2007
Watching the film, it's hard not to feel a cold chill of recognition, particularly when Miller's interviewees discuss immigration, patriotism and war, and civil liberties versus homeland security in a time of national crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 30, 2007
Miller, a New Yorker, uses archival footage, dramatized readings and talking heads, including Sacco's niece and a neighbor of Vanzetti's, to get his point across.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 30, 2007
Miller's film shows how quickly Americans facing perceived foreign threats are willing to ignore basic liberties. Sound familiar?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 30, 2007
[Pic] does a superb job of condensing an overwhelming mass of documentation, archival imagery and artistic representation into a concise yet passionate history lesson whose relevance could not be timelier.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 29, 2007
Only 81 minutes long, Sacco and Vanzetti is packed with information.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 29, 2007
[Director Peter Miller] shrewdly exposes the monolithic, class-driven legal machinery that sent a pair of innocent, hard-working immigrants to the chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
March 29, 2007
An excellent, disturbing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kam Williams
EURWeb
March 28, 2007
An informative expose' for those naļve enough not to know that the criminal justice system has always been stacked in favor of the rich, the white, and the well-connected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
March 25, 2007
The measured tone, though understatedly indignant regarding the miscarriage of justice, will likely draw viewers into the conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 22, 2007
rather too glib
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 22, 2007
A bit pedantic, but thorough and interesting throughout, a must for history buffs.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2007
The documentary is a very dry accumulation of information, but the case of Sacco and Vanzetti haunts us to this day when immigrants continue to be scapegoated by our nation's politicos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
January 22, 2007
Let's just say the story of Sacco and Vanzetti is a timely reminder of how things can go when politics obscure reasonable minds, and vigilance gives way vigilantism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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