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Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 107 | Rotten: 15

Though ostensibly an intimate look at the Dixie Chicks after their 2003 anti-Bush remark, the film achieves broader relevance by exploring how media, politics, and celebrities intertwine.


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 3

Though ostensibly an intimate look at the Dixie Chicks after their 2003 anti-Bush remark, the film achieves broader relevance by exploring how media, politics, and celebrities intertwine.



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Between 1998 and 2002, it seemed the Dixie Chicks could do no wrong. Their first major-label album, Wide Open Spaces, was a smash hit, topping the country charts and eventually selling 12 million copies, while their subsequent albums Fly and Home respectively moved ten and six million units. Their concert tours were consistent sellouts, making them the most commercially successful female group in the history of the recording industry. However, things took an unexpected turn for the Dixie Chicks


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Feb 20, 2007


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Shut Up and Sing tells the story of three young women whose belief in America is bred in the bone, and it shames their critics.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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In today's polarized America, you pick who you stand with, even in pop culture. Kopple's film makes that choice stark...

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A superior rockumentary.

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A fascinating look at the intersection of commerce, celebrity, and controversy.

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A thoughtful and enjoyable documentary from Barbara Kopple.

November 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The thrust of the movie lies in the trenchant mix of image-rebuilding strategies and genuine politicization the Chicks undergo

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The Dixie Chicks spoke their minds, and that's what America is all about. Shut up and deal with it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

The most inspiring element of the film is the genuine fortitude and loyalty that Maines and her bandmates Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire exhibit outwardly and to one another.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

Free speech and its ramifications are at the heart of "Shut Up & Sing," which recognizes that for the celebrity, engaging in a public exchange of ideas and opinions isn't always without its costs. The price can be dire.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The movie isn't quite the idolatrous you-go-girl portrait one might expect.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Shut up & Sings shows that it is all about freedom of speech and expression and how we had better not forget it. Freedom of speech, speaking out and having a voice. Yeah! On to the Grammies Dixie Chicks. You go girls!

July 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

It isn't a disciplined doco, and the fragmentation of the throughline makes for occasional sags in the film, but the filmmakers mean well.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

They do make a comeback of course - almost stronger than ever - in this, the best documentary of the year so far. Intelligent, honest, heartfelt and fascinating.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

I came round to them by the end, but it's not a great introduction.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

This a frank, and slightly scary film about one of America's most cherished democratic privileges - freedom of speech - and how you're more than welcome to it as long as you don't say anything controversial. Then you're off the air.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph

A gold statue of the Dixie Chicks should be erected in Maines' hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

It was a throwaway scrap of a comment tossed to an audience baying with appreciation.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Succeeds as a summation of America's shaky grasp of freedom. And while the footage of the girls at work and play sometimes seems inconsequential, there are moments that are as unexpectedly pleasing as the band's soft country sounds.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

A melodic wakeup call; where bluegrass meets grassroots politics.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Exposing almost as much small-mindedness as Borat did, this provides food for thought as well as some darned good ditties.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Truth is stranger than fiction, and often makes a better story, too.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source:

A fascinating and well-executed hybrid: combining musical biopic and political examination to produce something more memorable than either would be on its own.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

The best documentary of 2006.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

What emerges is something of a cautionary tale for artistsand should spark discussions about exactly what the principles of free speech as guaranteed in the Constitution mean.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing

As a music fan, I'm learning towards heavy metal music and rock. However this documentary on country all female band Dixie Chicks is a phenomenal film surrounding the controversy around a comment that Natalie Maines made during a concert. This film chronicles the ordeal the band to face, the numerous threats they had to endure to regain a foothold in country music. This documentary is terrific, and shows the ignorance of some people perfectly. Even though I don't like Country music, I find what these gals have gone to be atrocious, and I respect them for saying what I believe is a good thing. The film has some sad moments, but also funny moments as Natalie Maines has an intense feud with Toby Keith (she wears a shirt that says F.U.T.K) We all know what that could mean. As a documentary on a band, this is just as entertaining as say Rush Beyond the Lighted Stage and Anvil the story of Anvil! I thought it was a very entertaining documentary, and even for a metalhead like me, I enjoyed this film. This is a terrific music documentary. If you enjoy documentaries of this style give it a shot.
March 3, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This film is my first documentary film I've watched... And my feeling is how great this documentary was... Dixie Chicks to go from hero to zero only with a one second word... It's hard if I had to have a hard time like they had... And for Natalie, the lead singer, she's great... And of course the single 'Not Ready To Make Nice' get them back on the track... A great comeback for them with 5 Grammy this year, nothing would be nicer than that... And of course, this movie is 'nice' too...
August 7, 2008
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

I had no idea how much of an effect Natalie's comments had on the band. Dixie Chicks are the only country and western band I will listen to.
August 6, 2007

Super Reviewer


[font=Arial][color=darkred]Shut Up & Sing - With the clarity that a few years offer, can we all agree that what happened to the Dixie Chicks on the eve of the Iraq War was insane? Lead singer Natalie Maines, in concert in London, told the crowd that the group was not for war and was ashamed President Bush hailed from Texas. What followed was a maelstrom of irrational behavior; boycotts beckoned, people protested, and long-time Dixie Chicks fans threw out their CDs and called the group traitors, my God, someone even sent a death threat, all for disagreeing with a country?s march to war. [i]Shut Up & Sing[/i] chronicles their lives at the time of the 2003 controversy and their 2006 follow-up album, mostly compromised of songs inspired by the anger and frustration they felt. The documentary itself is nothing too slick or overproduced; it really just follows a headlining group through the most volatile time of their life. For that, it?s intensely fascinating and bizarre to watch the Chicks backlash, but there?s little else as compelling. Several of those in protest questioned the Dixie Chick?s patriotism for questioning whether the war was necessary, and some said they should be strapped to bombs over in Iraq. Four years later, 3500 American deaths, no WNDs, scandal after scandal, no discernable way out, a civil war, and a president that can?t even get the time of day, I wonder how many of those decrying the Chicks would be apologizing to them today. Another highlight of [i]Shut Up & Sing[/i] is the most ludicrously ignorant statement I may have ever heard, courtesy of Toby Keith defending his songwriting skills: ?She said ?We?ll put a boot up your ass? is ignorant, and that anyone could write that. Well, she didn?t write it.? Bravo Mr. Keith, bravo.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate?s Grade: B[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]The Prestige - Christopher Nolan can do no wrong in my book. The director of [i]Memento[/i], [i]Insomnia[/i], and [i]Batman Begins[/i] has bewitched me with his clever non-linear storylines and artistic vision. [i]The Prestige[/i] is 2006?s second period set magician movie, and in my opinion it?s the better of the two. Nolan?s film lacks the magic of [i]The Illusionist[/i], instead focusing more on the bitter realties of obsession, self-destruction, and the lengths that men will travel for vengeance. The script centers on a pair of dueling magicians (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman) that are each trying to discover the other?s trick and top them. The storyline is as twisty as a pretzel and told in Nolan?s familiar non-linear fashion, building to a very dark reveal. Whereas [i]The Illusionist[/i] sweeps viewers up with the wonder of magic, [i]The Prestige[/i] is all about how tricks are orchestrated, both on and offstage. The results are a tad cold; you don?t really feel for either magician. The movie is itself a trick, but one grandly told with excellent slight of hand. The final act takes a step outside of the film?s tone but it works for me, and it?s been weeks since I last saw the haunting final images and I still cannot get them out of my mind. [i]The Prestige[/i] is another notch on my Nolan love meter.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate?s Grade: A-[/color][/font]
March 10, 2007
Nate Zoebl

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