The Trial of the Chicago 7 Reviews

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October 4, 2020
Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show in Aaron Sorkin's mostly entertaining, occasionally cheesy, totally timely take on a notorious US trial.
October 3, 2020
[T]he compassionate, optimistic and indeed counterintuitive ending feels like the aspirational balm that we need right now.
October 2, 2020
Sorkin's winks are so shameless that you can hear them flutter across your own living room, but that doesn't make them unenjoyable, either.
October 2, 2020
When it all clicks, its terrific cast in full flow in the packed courtroom, it's truly stirring stuff.
October 1, 2020
Somehow, the gross miscarriage of justice against innocent men has been made into a cracking good time.
September 30, 2020
Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 may not be the squarest film ever made about 1960s radicalism... Still, this loose "true story" is exactly what you would expect from Sorkin.
September 30, 2020
Sorkin has no plan for the camera beyond pointing it at his stars, but he lets their performances grow large and moreish.
September 26, 2020
"The Trial of the Chicago 7" offers an absorbing primer in a chapter of American history that was both bizarre and ruefully meaningful.
September 25, 2020
This film is one of those exhilarating instances when Sorkin finds a context in which all of his well-established impulses that can be so annoying elsewhere...
September 25, 2020
There are such wonderful individual moments and beats in that just watching it as an acting exercise makes it worthwhile.
September 25, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 details events that happened more than 50 years ago. The time to look away is never.
Top Critic
September 25, 2020
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 wants to bottle the revolutionary spirit of its setting-the take-to-the-streets idealism of the '60s-but its snappy montage-glimpses of demonstrations verge on costume-party kitsch.
September 25, 2020
It's talky and clumsy, alternating between self-importance and clowning. But it's also not a movie that can be easily shaken off. Partly this is an accident of timing.
September 25, 2020
[A]gain and again, scenes and lines land with a solemn clunk.
September 25, 2020
"Trial" is so inherently compelling - and so directly germane to an America where the government labels cities "anarchist jurisdictions" and states are drawing up laws against free assembly - that it doesn't need the frills.
September 25, 2020
Breezy for a serious topic, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is something unexpected, fun.
September 25, 2020
[A] remarkably relevant story, smartly told, but with certain blind spots and pitfalls: broad strokes, rhetorical grandstanding, the tendency to overstuff an already load-bearing tale.
September 25, 2020
"The Trial of the Chicago 7," smoothly entertaining as it is, may also elude clear consensus.
September 25, 2020
Sorkin's writing may be better served by a director who can bring a new set of perspectives and dynamics to the work, rather than simply presenting them head-on. Yet it works anyway.
September 25, 2020
The filmmaker crafts an entertaining, immersive and ultimately optimistic spectacle that never forgets, especially at its ending, that humanity should always trump the system.
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