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

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July 20, 2004
Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller's fond portrait, less documentary than infomercial, is unrelentingly and in the end self-defeatingly positive -- albeit effective in showcasing Zinn's charismatic personality.
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
July 20, 2004
Allows his significance to register and his charisma to shine despite a pedestrian approach that's especially awkward in its use of archival footage.
July 12, 2004
This is a fine biography about a truly good, brave and honest man but it is also an incredibly detailed history lesson
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 15, 2004
Ellis and Mueller's terrific film turns the spotlight on a worthy subject and does him justice
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 22, 2004
A rousing documentary about the radical historian and activist who has risked all to proclaim his call for peace and justice in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 1, 2005
A flattering but soft documentary about Howard Zinn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 15, 2004
A brisk introductory documentary that makes a useful omnibus profile of the antiwar activist, historian, and author of A People's History of the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
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.
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
October 3, 2010
a spare but dazzling portrait of a unique man and soulful progressive
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 16, 2004
They generally sit back and let the genial, even cheerful Zinn tell his story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
July 22, 2004
Thoughtful, exciting, moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 15, 2004
A solid introduction to Zinn's life and work, even if the result doesn't dig too deeply or present any real opposing viewpoints.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 20, 2004
| Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2004
An outstanding documentary on a scholar-activist
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