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The Weather Underground (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 5

Fascinating documentary about the militant Weathermen.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 4

Fascinating documentary about the militant Weathermen.

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Sam Green and Bill Siegel's documentary about a radical group whose stated goal was the violent overthrow of the U.S. government details a valuable chapter in the history of the '60s protest movement and leftism in America. The Weathermen were a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), one of the driving forces behind the period's mass protests against social injustice and the Vietnam War. Frustrated by SDS's adherence to non-violent dissent, the Weathermen broke off and adopted a

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May 25, 2004

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If names such as Bernadine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, Naomi Jaffe and Brian Flanagan mean nothing to you, you'll definitely want to see the thought-provoking documentary, The Weather Underground.

October 31, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The Weather Underground leaves the viewer with many questions. To the filmmakers' credit, most of them are the right and urgent ones to ask.

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Directors Sam Green and Bill Siegel expertly limn the forces that gave rise to Weatherman and clearly sympathize with the group's motivations. At the same time, they don't stint on Weatherman's follies.

October 24, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Whose side the documentarians are on is never clear -- in a muddy rather than an ambiguous way. Did anyone die from the Weathermen's bombings? We don't find out here.

October 17, 2003
Seattle Times
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An eye-opening look at idealism taken to extremes during one of the most turbulent periods of American history.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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A remarkable journey.

September 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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a history lesson that takes us on a lacerating journey from the '60s anti-war movements to their emotional ripple effects in the modern-day

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Um olhar interessante sobre um período conturbado e incrivelmente rico no cenário da militância política entre os jovens norte-americanos: a década de 70.

March 28, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Proves to those few of us who try to see both sides of an argument that evil is a mere perception.

March 3, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

Their story is history they don't teach in school, which makes The Weather Underground all the more welcome.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

A must-see for anyone interested in one of the most turbulent periods in recent American history.

January 17, 2004
Reel.com

A compelling documentary that makes effective use of contemporary interviews, news-show clips, grainy 8mm footage and narration.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

The Weather Underground does as fine a job of getting into the heads of its subjects as any documentary in recent memory.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's hard not to feel a little deja vu watching this informative documentary.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A homegrown terrorist movement with pretensions to Third World revolution, '60s radicals the Weather Underground make fascinating subjects for a feature documentary.

December 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It's really jam-packed full of great stuff.

November 13, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

Failed to ask one interesting or tough question.

November 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

intimate insider portrait of the radical Weather Underground in the context of its times

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
ToxicUniverse.com

A keen-eyed and occasionally sardonically comical look at how good intentions -- even noble ones -- can cross the line.

October 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Bob Dylan said that you didn't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blew. He's still right.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A perceptive, fascinating and relatively evenhanded look at the most radical arm of the American student rebellion of the Vietnam era.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's the thought of telling the other side of the story, or at least the side that has been forgotten, that makes the subject matter so refreshing and enthralling.

October 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Audience Reviews for The Weather Underground

"The Explosive Story Of America's Most Notorious Radicals."

The Weather Underground is a really interesting and absorbing documentary that chronicles an unsure time in America. The Weather Underground bombed many public buildings in protest of pretty much anything violent that the government or police did. To me it's kind of hypocritical, but hey, they were trying. All their trying basically did nothing except make them complete outcasts and make them seem like mentally ill hippies. Their motives were comprehendible, but their actions, not so much.

This documentary does a good job presenting the story through footage, interviews with actual Weathermen and little readings of letters and memoirs from the Weathermen. Now, listening to the much older Weathermen talk; most of them seem like your next door neighbor.

The film manages to keep the viewers entertained while informing us on an important time in America. A time where we had groups rioting, smashing windows, robbing banks and blowing up buildings; all in the name of the demolishment of an unjust and oppressive government. Join the fight against the oppressor or you are the oppressor is what they believed. If you sit and do nothing in a time of war, when our military is slaughtering innocent civilians in Vietnam; then you are acting in a violent way. You aren't changing or calling for a change in what is taking place in the war. So to me, their beliefs on the war make sense. I just don't think that they went about it the right way.
September 14, 2011
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Melvin White

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A sobering and much-needed documentary. Sadly, it only begins to scrape the surface of the importance and context of the Weather Underground.

Sadly, this film would be much more at home as a History Channel special event feature, rather than the groundbreaking documentary that still needs to be made about the Weather Underground.

Regardless, don't wait around for it. This film is especially a must-see for anyone who wasn't alive during the 1960's and can't seem to bring themselves past retro-caricaturisation of the era. Direct interviews (most notably from the former FBI investigators) are more than welcome addition, although at times it seems as if the film struggles to provide detail without detracting from the coherency of the overall narrative.
July 6, 2009
dhetteix

Super Reviewer

Informative, disturbing documentary about a time of great upheaval in the USA, and a group of misguided people who chose the wrong direction to try and make a difference. Just one question why aren't these people in jail?
October 6, 2008
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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Another fabulous documentary featuring one of the more radical elements of the '60s protest movement (at least for white America). This is cat and mouse game between the authorities and those driven to change society in desparate ways.
December 28, 2012
John Ballantine

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