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Michael Abernethy
April 7, 2009
The urgency of Hearts and Minds, its anger and its articulation, its insistence that effects of war be visible, and its cogent analysis of connections among politics, media, and the military, all seem apt lessons for today.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Armond White
New York Press
March 25, 2009
Davis' visual argument overwhelms rationality.This was the beginning of Red/Blue antagonism -- turning benighted patriotism against an opponent's humanity.
Dan Lybarger
March 21, 2009
It's Michael Moore's favorite documentary. See it anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Louis Proyect
March 20, 2009
The definitive Vietnam War documentary and arguably the greatest political documentary ever made.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
March 20, 2009
Quite simply, one of the greatest non-fiction films ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2009
Hearts and Minds is an essay told in a voice of thinly controlled moral outrage, which sometimes dribbles over into seething hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
March 17, 2009
Not only the definitive American documentary about the war in Vietnam but a landmark political action.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 12, 2009
A definitive anti-war documentary which won an Academy Award in 1974 and has been restored for release in theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 11, 2009
Ahead of the pack, filmmaker Peter Davis illustrates the human toll on 'victor' and 'vanquished.'
Mark R. Leeper
March 2, 2009
Even after three and a half decades this film still will be controversial and still has a real impact.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 9, 2007
If you were ultimately disappointed by the agitprop entertainment of Fahrenheit 9/11, then check out its older, wiser brother to see how a real documentary is made.
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Still shocking, still powerful, still prudent. What is it they say about the more things change?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Hearts and Minds is a tough film but it is no mere rehash of sad events. It is always aware of the primacy of man when man's given even half a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 9, 2005
Se na época de seu lançamento este importante filme serviu como denúncia das atrocidades norte-americanas no Vietnã, hoje funciona como triste constatação de que nada mudou.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 3, 2004
It is a carefully structured yet highly emotional argument against the war in Vietnam.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 12, 2004
A reminder of how the best documentaries can resonate years after their release.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
We're bludgeoned by the point of view, we don't like the feeling of manipulation we get. Yet there are scenes here of incredible power, even for a nation which watched this war on television every evening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 22, 2004
It's one of the best documentaries ever made, a superb film about the thoughts and feelings of the era, the whole festering, spirited animus of it.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 19, 2004
Davis's film seems as much a prosecution of the present as it is of the recent past; only the names and geographies have been changed.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 26, 2004
Elicits a palpable emotional and intellectual effect...strikes the same sad note of discord thirty years later.
| Original Score: 4/4
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