Ken Burns: The Civil War

Critics Consensus

The takeaways from Ken Burns' opus can be hotly debated, but it is indisputable that The Civil War is a profoundly moving tapestry of historical detail, with a cumulative power that will absorb viewers fully into the 19th Century.

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An in-depth overview of Ken Burns' iconic "Civil War" series, featuring insights from Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns and Buddy Squires.

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Critic Reviews for Ken Burns: The Civil War

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

  • So rich in conception and so rewarding in execution that it almost redeems the promise of the medium. Mr. Burns and his associates have translated the materials of history into television drama of an epic order.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's as scintillating and utterly seductive as television gets, a Yankee Doodle Dandy of a historical extravanganza from a man who combines a scholar's appreciation of fact with a filmmaker's eye and sensibility.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If better use has ever been made of television, I have not seen it and do not expect to see better until Ken Burns turns his prodigious talents to his next project.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Reminds] us of the punch simple narration and stark photographs can deliver when presented by a master.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Burns, his brother Ric and longtime writer and collaborator, Geoffrey C. Ward, accomplished exactly what Burns had always intended -- a visceral, deeply felt film on a long-distant war that lived on in hearts and minds.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

    Verne Gay

    Newsday
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  • Film-maker Ken Burns's nine-night masterpiece managed to engage and enrich everyone.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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