Chicago 10 Reviews

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April 10, 2008
Despite the number in its title, this odd but sometimes entertaining documentary/docudrama hybrid looks at seven defendants who were accused of organizing the protests and orchestrating the resulting mayhem.
April 4, 2008
Filmmaker Brett Morgen returns with another livelier-than-usual entry in the nonfiction field, a portrait of '60s activism that mixes vintage footage with cartoon-animated re-enactments.
April 4, 2008
A documentary that somehow manages to capture the anarchic spirit of those topsy-turvy times without devolving into anarchy itself.
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.'
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.
March 21, 2008
It's hard not to think of the many other protestors, detainees, and U.S. citizens whose rights are being stifled as we speak.
March 17, 2008
The anachronistic music cues and refreshing lack of hippie-dippie reminiscence make it a movie for right now -- a funny, fiendishly entertaining salute to dissent in all its forms.
March 14, 2008
The material is incredibly compelling -- though trust me, it was even more compelling (and scary) as it was happening.
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.
March 14, 2008
If nothing else, it's a welcomed alternative to the more straightforward and serious film that Spielberg is likely to deliver.
March 14, 2008
Chicago 10 is a movie for parents and grandparents to take their older children and grandchildren. It's worth a field trip for high school and college American history classes.
March 14, 2008
Morgen recaptures the unreal air of the whole chapter; you can imagine young audiences understanding, perhaps for the first time, what the fuss was about.
March 14, 2008
The animation may be 3-D, but only in live-action snippets like this does Chicago 10 become multidimensional.
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.
March 13, 2008
Chicago 10 is a timely reminder that dissident youth once were viewed by the government as enemies of the state. Morgan's collection of these images forces us to keep watching, and recognize this as part of our very recent history.
March 13, 2008
The film covers the history of the central events as well as could be hoped in an hour and 40 minutes and conveys some of the feel of the time.
March 4, 2008
Morgen is an invigorating filmmaker, not content to go the well-traveled route when there's a new path to try. Chicago 10 benefits from that sense of adventure.
March 4, 2008
Its greatest achievement, no question, is simply that it rescues a period of modern history from its suffocating blanket of respect and worship.
March 3, 2008
It's a fresh and important new take on one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.
March 1, 2008
The Signal is not for the squeamish, but the violence is doled out judiciously and interspersed with moments of mordant, truly biting comedy.
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