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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 19, 2007
His political heart is in the right place but Brett Morgen can't connect the '60s anti-war movement to the political counter-culture from which it sprung.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 14, 2008
History is on the side of the protesters, who were right to shout about government corruption and the Vietnam War, so a contemporary film needs to more than just take their side.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Barsanti
February 28, 2008
The first sign that somebody will be wholly unable to effectively communicate with kids today is when they refer to them as "kids today."
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 18, 2008
The raw, gritty, real stock footage just doesn't match with the spoof-like quality of the animated trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 29, 2008
A cacophony of sights and sounds and a disjointed narrative dilute the message.
| Original Score: 2/4
Harry Chotiner
March 1, 2008
Morgen's film suffers from two fatal flaws: prosaic story-telling and political naivete.
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Matt Pais
February 28, 2008
Should probably have more depth after four decades of reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 27, 2008
However authentically chaotic, Chicago 10 is insufficiently frenzied. For all its shock value, the trial was not the only game in town.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 29, 2008
Chicago 10, Brett Morgen's semi-animated, semi-documentary attempt to make the '60s cool for a new generation of kids, does the opposite.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 29, 2008
In eschewing the use of a narrator or talking heads, Morgen leaves out too much crucial information.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 29, 2008
In the end, the truest thing that can be said for Chicago 10 is that, though Morgen did just about everything he could to make his movie unwatchable, the story was interesting enough to fight him to a draw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
February 28, 2008
Virulently biased (not one opponent of the 10 is interviewed), the film is ruined by presenting the trial via cartoons. I kept expecting Judge Hoffman to say, "Eh, What's up doc?"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 28, 2008
Lacks even the confidence to let speak for themselves the images of police and national guardsmen clubbing unarmed American demonstrators.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
January 25, 2007
Brett Morgen's tiresome recreation of a watershed 1960s political trial shoots at fish in a barrel -- and misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 29, 2008
Creaky and overinstructive.
June 12, 2010
It may be most effective for audiences who do need a spoonful of sugar to make the historical medicine go down.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 17, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Campbell
February 28, 2008
A riveting work that's hilarious, accessible and, sure, timeless in some ways. But still maybe a bit useless, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 4, 2008
A vibrant, unconventional documentary about the conspiracy trial of the so-called inciters of the riots that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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