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Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008)

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Investigates one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963, and had he been re-elected in 1964? Employed is what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals--"what ifs"--and the outcomes they might have produced. Using an array of resources including recently declassified and never-before-seen archival

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Oct 27, 2009

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Fascinating stuff, but after a while the film runs out of things to say and falls back on clichés.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Director Koji Masutani has masterfully assembled a wealth of archival footage, photos and audiotapes, some of which has been recently declassified.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Despite its title, Virtual JFK doesn't imagine a world where JFK survives the events of Dallas and goes on to win a second term as U.S. president. That would be a whole other movie, and a fascinating one at that.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The film is a seductive immersion into an early sixties zeitgeist and Cold War cool.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The word Iraq is never uttered, but there's no avoiding it as Kennedy asserts during the Bay of Pigs crisis that to attack Cuba, a country that hadn't attacked the United States, would be contrary to our national tradition.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The controversial process of counterfactual history gets a captivating workout in Virtual JFK.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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If nothing else, Virtual JFK does remind us of what it was that made him charismatic.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Contrary to its title, Virtual JFK is less a counter-history of the Vietnam years than a tribute to John F. Kennedy's stubborn resistance to a military that pressured him to go to war on six occasions during his short presidency.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Hearty takes and outtakes by Kennedy, his peers and nemeses intertwine objectively to thwart anyone who pegs the work as purely absurdist.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

plays out like a hagiographic screed

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Assembles an amazing array of recorded conversations and vintage newsreel, and offers up enough press conference footage to make one nostalgic for the days when an uncowed, penetrating press really did serve the public interest.

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Argues that nearly 60,000 United States armed forces wouldn't have lost their lives in Vietnam had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated. Duh.

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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