Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

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Though ostensibly an intimate look at the Dixie Chicks after their 2003 anti-Bush remark, the film achieves broader relevance by exploring how media, politics, and celebrities intertwine.



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In 2003, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told a London concert audience that they were "ashamed the President of the United States was from Texas." This fascinating documentary examines how the trio handled the resulting political firestorm, and looks at how it impacted their lives both professionally and personally. Included are concert clips, interviews and backstage footage. Directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck.

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Critic Reviews for Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (110) | Rotten (14)

  • Masterfully edited, the film combines footage the band made for its Web site and footage shot by Kopple and Peck over the last two years. The filmmakers are clearly in awe of the Chicks' fighting spirit.

    Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • Shut Up and Sing tells the story of three young women whose belief in America is bred in the bone, and it shames their critics.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A gold statue of the Dixie Chicks should be erected in Maines' hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

    Jun 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It was a throwaway scrap of a comment tossed to an audience baying with appreciation.

    Jun 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A melodic wakeup call; where bluegrass meets grassroots politics.

    Jun 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In today's polarized America, you pick who you stand with, even in pop culture. Kopple's film makes that choice stark...

    Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

  • Oct 05, 2012
    Wonderful documentary on the period of time when the Dixie Chicks were everyones' favourite band to bash. Everyone of course later apologized to them when the Bush administration was no longer as popular as it was post 9-11. The best part of the film is the interplay between Natalie Maines at the rest of the band. You almost get a sense that the others perhaps wished that Natalie had actually just stuck to singing.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2012
    As a music fan, I'm learning towards heavy metal music and rock. However this documentary on country all female band Dixie Chicks is a phenomenal film surrounding the controversy around a comment that Natalie Maines made during a concert. This film chronicles the ordeal the band to face, the numerous threats they had to endure to regain a foothold in country music. This documentary is terrific, and shows the ignorance of some people perfectly. Even though I don't like Country music, I find what these gals have gone to be atrocious, and I respect them for saying what I believe is a good thing. The film has some sad moments, but also funny moments as Natalie Maines has an intense feud with Toby Keith (she wears a shirt that says F.U.T.K) We all know what that could mean. As a documentary on a band, this is just as entertaining as say Rush Beyond the Lighted Stage and Anvil the story of Anvil! I thought it was a very entertaining documentary, and even for a metalhead like me, I enjoyed this film. This is a terrific music documentary. If you enjoy documentaries of this style give it a shot.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2008
    Wasn't planning on watching this, as I'm not a country music fan. Although towards the finale they'd actually written more soft rock music. Glad I watched! It really opened my eyes even more about the hypocrisy in this nation. Kudos to them for standing up for what they said. I still can't believe that Natalie's life was actually threatened. America? Land of the free?
    April N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2008
    the dixie chics prove in this documentary that americans dont have free speech, even if its about a arsehole like george bush, with many citizens and media of america getting there say about the dixie chics not being patriotic, i guess there allowed to have a go at the chics, double standerds eh,,,, a insightful doc not only on the media frenzy but there comeback a fewyears later, and how remarks almost ruined them. if your not a fan like me, dont worry, watch it fr madness of a minority of dumb americans, and i dont mean the dixie chics
    scott g Super Reviewer

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