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

October 29, 2004
A provocative documentary on a life that could easily be described as a moving train.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2004
Finally, a documentary about one of America's most important academics.
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
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.
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
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.
July 27, 2004
A concise primer that should well satisfy those with a casual interest in his career.
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
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 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
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 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 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.
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