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Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train Reviews

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
October 3, 2010
a spare but dazzling portrait of a unique man and soulful progressive
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 1, 2005
A flattering but soft documentary about Howard Zinn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 29, 2004
A provocative documentary on a life that could easily be described as a moving train.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
October 15, 2004
Finally, a documentary about one of America's most important academics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2004
Leads us on a journey through some of the major historical events of the 20th century, revealing Zinn to be far more than simply an activist version of Zelig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
October 14, 2004
Loaded with fantastic old footage and photographs of the Vietnam War, of the American civil rights movement and of Zinn's own family.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 7, 2004
'Compassion' is a word the man himself uses a lot, and it's what makes the film so invigorating. Ending the movie with eloquent words about how to live a hopeful life, he is 82 and he continues to fight for what he believes in.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 16, 2004
They generally sit back and let the genial, even cheerful Zinn tell his story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 26, 2004
A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 15, 2004
The sparkle of Zinn, who as a liberal toiling for decades for the common man yet seeing so many of them continue to vote instead for the side that wishes them such ill might be expected to have become embittered, remains as bright and infectious as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
An example of film editing at its finest: Ellis and Mueller combine archival footage, contemporary interviews, voice-over narration (by Matt Damon) based on Zinn's writing, and music with a skill that can only be borne of thoughtful contemplation.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 28, 2004
His simple message -- that history is not made by the few but by the struggles of the many -- isn't out of line with typical Marxist teachings, but Zinn has always found a way to make it fresh.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 27, 2004
A concise primer that should well satisfy those with a casual interest in his career.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 23, 2004
It's an excellent introduction to a man whose thoughts on war, peace and dissent have become increasingly influential in ever more confusing times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 23, 2004
It's the subject himself, still brimming with passion in his 80s, who provides the most inspiring moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 23, 2004
Deb Ellis and Dennis Mueller's tight and deceptively low-key documentary lets the subject eloquently speak for himself.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
July 23, 2004
A nice companion piece to Fahrenheit 9/11, this moving Train will only feed the country's election-year interest in politics.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Anderson
July 23, 2004
A decently executed but rather formulaic treatment of a life that's been anything but.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 23, 2004
Mr. Zinn delivers a challenge when he says, 'To be neutral and to be passive is to collaborate with whatever is going on.' Democracy he defines as 'not just a counting-up of votes' but a 'counting-up of actions.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 22, 2004
Thoughtful, exciting, moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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