• Unrated, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Koji Masutani
    In Theaters:
    Sep 17, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 27, 2009
  • Global Media Project

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Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Fascinating stuff, but after a while the film runs out of things to say and falls back on clichés.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2009
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 20, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The film is a seductive immersion into an early sixties zeitgeist and Cold War cool.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2009
Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2009
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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The controversial process of counterfactual history gets a captivating workout in Virtual JFK.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2008
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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A compelling history lesson that offers an insightful primer on the Kennedy presidency even while proving sadly germane to our current times, Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived spells out its provocative premise in its title.

October 6, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Virtual JFK -- directed by Tokyo-born, US-educated Koji Masutani -- doesn't bring up Iraq per se, but the parallels are clear.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 18, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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Koji Masutani and Blight methodically examine how John F. Kennedy's stalwart authority and nuanced judgment preserved an unambiguous, if fragile, peace at six different inflammatory moments during his presidency.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

September 17, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The title of the documentary Virtual J F K: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived pretty much says it all, though the movie itself says not nearly enough.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 17, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The question: Can an individual leader take a nation to, or keep it from, war? The conclusion: Individual temperament matters, and John F. Kennedy's example proves it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Virtual JFK reps an extended glimpse into a bygone era of statesmanship.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 17, 2008
Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
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With its fascinating central question (What if ... ) and well-chosen, nostalgic footage of John F. Kennedy in his prime, this well-played documentary manages to escape the fate of other dry historical overviews.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 15, 2008
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