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Chicago 10 Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Harper Barnes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2008
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 14, 2008
If nothing else, it's a welcomed alternative to the more straightforward and serious film that Spielberg is likely to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 13, 2008
If you accept the premise that it's a multimedia happening rather than a history lesson, the half-documentary, half-cartoon Chicago 10 is a smash of a mash-up. Call it 1968, the Remix.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 3, 2008
It's a fresh and important new take on one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 29, 2008
As a peace-loving liberal, cross-examining Morgen's rousing, worthy, but slanted film is as fun as kicking yourself in the shins (or watching Clinton tear into Obama)
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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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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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 29, 2008
A provocative reflection of its rule-breaking subjects, Brett Morgen's political documentary re-examines the past while drawing unmissable parallels to the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 29, 2008
The director wants to bring recent history to life for people who weren't around to witness it, and in that he succeeds pretty admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 29, 2008
Worth seeing for the expert archival selections, but a decidedly mixed bag for anyone familiar, or unfamiliar, with the times.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 29, 2008
The movie dazzles us into self-examination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 29, 2008
An electrifying picture.
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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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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
February 29, 2008
As an activist documentary with a contemporary agenda, it doesn't pretend to be "objective" (whatever that means), but to find inspiration in the passion and irreverence of its heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 28, 2008
For those who don't mind their history pre-seasoned with a little phantasmagoria and a lot of sarcasm, Chicago 10 is a hugely entertaining piece of pop fluff, as dynamic and modern as the Beastie Boys cut on the soundtrack.
| Original Score: B
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 28, 2008
If presentation of the tumultuous events before, during and after the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago will suffice for a feature-length film, then it's hard to imagine a more ferocious or inventive depiction than Chicago 10.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
February 28, 2008
Morgen's best achievement is the news footage, more detailed looks at events outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel and in Chicago parks than you typically see on TV rehashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 2008
Chicago 10 is well worth seeing, if only because a good half of the film is devoted to extraordinary footage of the four days of rage that spawned the trial.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 28, 2008
Chicago 10 not only brings to life one of the sorriest chapters in American cultural and political history, but breathes new life into a film genre that usually has all the imagination and verve of a visit to Madame Tussauds.
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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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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 27, 2008
It wouldn't hurt anyone, young or old, to catch up on the fascinating history lesson illustrated and embellished by Mr. Morgen and his crew in Chicago 10.
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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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 19, 2007
In its best moments, and they are considerable, Chicago 10 makes you see 1968, that near-apocalyptic year, with fresh eyes, as an extraordinary turning point in history now at least partly set free from boomer nostalgia and regret.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 19, 2007
Brett Morgen's agit-prop documentary augments its excellent assemblage of archival footage with capture-motion animation to rep the courtroom antics, all in the service of an ideologically loaded approach.