Chicago 10

Critics Consensus

Brett Morgan's half-animated, half-documentary film is an arresting, sometimes visionary portrait of the historic and chaotic trial.



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The Kid Stays in the Picture director Brett Morgen turns his unique eye toward the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in this 2006 documentary. Using a star-studded voice cast along with a blend of archival footage and animation, Morgen tells the story of the eight demonstrators who were arrested and tried for conspiracy in the wake of the violent anti-war protests. Featuring the voices of Nick Nolte and Mark Ruffalo among others, Chicago 10 premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Hank Azaria
as Abbie Hoffman
Mark Ruffalo
as Jerry Rubin
Dylan Baker
as David Dellinger
Liev Schreiber
as William Kunstler
Jeffrey Wright
as Bobby Seale
Nick Nolte
as Thomas Foran
Roy Scheider
as Judge Julius Hoffman
Leonard Weinglass
as Leonard Weinglass
Reg Rogers
as Unidentified Yippie
James Urbaniak
as Richard Schultz
Chuck Montgomery
as Lee Weiner
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as Paul Krassner
Lloyd Floyd
as Robert Pierson
David Boat
as Norman Mailer
Catherine Curtin
as Barbara Callender
Roger L. Jackson
as Reporter 6
Ted Marcoux
as Robert Murray
Jay Potter
as Reporter 5
Amy Ryan
as Anita Hoffman
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Critic Reviews for Chicago 10

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (28)

  • Chicago 10 is that nearly perfect marriage of style -- edgy, different -- to documentary subject: 1968, that seminal year so celebrated in 2008 for changing the America that came after it.

    Jul 17, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • Makes skillful use of documentary footage to relate what happened in the streets of Chicago, culminating in what was routinely described at the time as 'a police riot.'

    Apr 4, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A vibrant, unconventional documentary about the conspiracy trial of the so-called inciters of the riots that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

    Apr 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If nothing else, it's a welcomed alternative to the more straightforward and serious film that Spielberg is likely to deliver.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Given the filmmaker's privileged perspective of hindsight, to notconsider the real-world repercussions of their theater, to not connect the dots between 1968 and 2008 is a squandered opportunity.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a fresh and important new take on one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.

    Mar 3, 2008

Audience Reviews for Chicago 10

  • Dec 31, 2008
    I turned this documentary off. How could you fuck this up? Seriously. I tell you how. You mix terrible animation with Rage Against the Machine playing the first five minutes during the set-up of this damned thing. Yeah, the film's about something from the '60s and RATM is playing. NICE CHOICE ASSHOLES! And I couldn't hear a damn thing cuz Tom Morello is SOLOING HIS BALLS OFF and the animation makes me want to cry. UGH!!
    matt s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2008
    This is a documentary about the protest at the 1968 Democratic convention and the trial that followed. This is an important story worth telling, and the actual documentary footage works pretty well, but the film shoots itself in the foot with its animated recreations. The first problem is that the animation in these reenactments looks horrible; it?s a form of rotoscope animation drawn over live actors, but it isn?t done anywhere near as well as it was in Richard Linklater?s films, it looks like something that would have been used in a computer game from 1995. Secondly the voice acting is ridiculous on a regular basis, particularly with the judge whose voice sounded like a mix between Mr. Magoo and Froghorn Leghorn, the facts of this trial are more then enough to feel like a miscarriage of justice, the added effect is cheesy and unneeded. The film uses modern protest songs by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Eminem, this initially felt out of place, then again the last thing the world needed was yet another montage of 60s civil disobedience to the tune of Buffalo Springfield. I think what the film really needed was some contemporary interviews looking back, six of the ten are still alive and I would have loved to hear their take today.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2008
    Chicago 10 delves into the chaotic world of the 1960's where the 1968 Democratic National Convention was the setting for one of the darkest times in history as Chicago becomes more like a police state in trying to control anti-war protesters, and what follows is a trial for eight high profile leaders of the anti-war movement which was as ludicrous as the Vietnam War itself. Chicago 10 mixes animation and archived footage to tell an effective story about what the people can do if pushed to get their voices heard. The film features a great cast including Jeffrey Wright, Hank Azaria, Mark Ruffalo, and the late Roy Scheider, who portray the major players of the Chicago Conspiracy Trail in 1969. Some 40 years later the events that unfolded in Chicago in 1968 are still just as socially relevant as they were back then, and Chicago 10 is a very engaging film that you shouldn't miss.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2008
    Engaging, partially animated documentary about the riots at the 1968 Democratic convention and the ensuing trial of 10 anti-war protesters, that became a circus of injustice. Audacious in form, although not as probing as one might hope.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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