Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

Critics Consensus

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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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (46)

  • 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)
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  • 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

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