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Sir! No Sir! Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
An aimless pastiche of archival footage and current interviews of former Vietnam vets court-martialed and jailed for their anti-war activities.
David Cornelius
December 16, 2006
The power Sir! No Sir! has as a film overrides any problems it presents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
December 15, 2006
We haven't got space to do justice to David Zeiger's important historical documentary Sir! No Sir! but suffice it to say that it will change your understanding of the Vietnam era, even if you were alive then.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 15, 2006
I expected to emerge depressed by how long these stories have gone untold, but the speakers' courage and humanity are a shot in the arm.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
David Zeiger's documentary feature Sir! No Sir! might be described as a therapeutic film, since it seeks to cure some small part of America's amnesia.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
September 2, 2006
Not only a fascinating illumination of a blotted-out part of the counter-cultural, popular-protest '60s, but a timely questioning of patriotism and duty in the midst of an increasingly unjustifiable war.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 1, 2006
Zeiger makes good use of archival footage, photos and sound bites from the period. And the frankness of his interview subjects is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 30, 2006
Zeiger presents a trippy alternative history that prompts questions about what today's troops in Iraq might be thinking.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 24, 2006
Whatever political side you're on, you owe it to yourself to see Sir! No Sir!
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 16, 2006
Zeiger has rallied remarkable faces and voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 16, 2006
Zeiger's movie is a timely salute to the risky and brave men and women who had the temerity not only to think for themselves but to speak their minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 14, 2006
Because there's a contemporary vibe to David Zeiger's informative Vietnam War documentary, the film is able to exist on two separate (if unavoidably linked) plateaus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 2006
Shines a light on a forgotten corner of the antiwar movement: the men (and a few women) who returned from their tours of duty filled with doubt and disillusionment over what they saw, and did, there.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2006
About an almost-forgotten fact of the Vietnam era: Anti-war sentiment among U.S. troops grew into a problem for the Pentagon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 8, 2006
Honors those who fought, then questioned the morality of that fight, then joined the national protest.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 1, 2006
An invigorating, compelling tribute to men and women who exhibited real courage and commitment on a different kind of battlefield.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2006
Recaptures the Vietnam era's revolutionary zeitgeist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 27, 2006
While a great number of former servicemen are interviewed for the film, their largely one-on-one recollections and testimonies are greatly magnified by the massive amount of archival visual footage presented here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 26, 2006
Have you heard about the thousands of GI's who refused to go on any more combat missions because they believed the war was wrong? 'Sir, may we have an explanation of why we're fighting, sir?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Saul Austerlitz
Boxoffice Magazine
May 20, 2006
In seeking to express its outrage over the Vietnam War, Sir! No Sir! loses its moral compass, conflating dissidence and traitorousness, and confusing friends with the enemies of their enemies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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