The Weather Underground Reviews

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October 26, 2003
A keen-eyed and occasionally sardonically comical look at how good intentions -- even noble ones -- can cross the line.
October 24, 2003
Directors Sam Green and Bill Siegel expertly limn the forces that gave rise to Weatherman and clearly sympathize with the group's motivations. At the same time, they don't stint on Weatherman's follies.
October 23, 2003
Bob Dylan said that you didn't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blew. He's still right.
October 17, 2003
Whose side the documentarians are on is never clear -- in a muddy rather than an ambiguous way. Did anyone die from the Weathermen's bombings? We don't find out here.
October 16, 2003
A perceptive, fascinating and relatively evenhanded look at the most radical arm of the American student rebellion of the Vietnam era.
October 4, 2003
It's the thought of telling the other side of the story, or at least the side that has been forgotten, that makes the subject matter so refreshing and enthralling.
October 3, 2003
Harkens to a time when political posturing attended to stakes that were real.
October 1, 2003
September 30, 2003
Solid but technically conventional, and arguably overly sympathetic, documentary.
September 25, 2003
An eye-opening look at idealism taken to extremes during one of the most turbulent periods of American history.
September 20, 2003
This film should be seen by every American, particularly those too young to have lived through those times.
September 20, 2003
Compelling, troubling documentary.
September 20, 2003
A fascinating study of naivete, disillusionment and foolhardy rationalization.
September 18, 2003
A remarkable journey.
September 4, 2003
What's forceful about The Weather Underground is how effectively the filmmakers convey the violent zeitgeist of those years.
August 29, 2003
A relatively balanced, documentary look at the most notorious political terrorist group of the 1970s.
August 28, 2003
A compelling piece of work that turns out to have unexpected relevance to the current world situation.
August 27, 2003
Green and Siegel have done an extraordinary job of bottling a pivotal moment in American history -- the feel and the frenzy of it -- then uncorking it so that the audience experiences both the rush and the horror of violent political action.
August 22, 2003
Essential viewing for anyone who wants to know the roots -- and perils -- of modern political dissent.
August 15, 2003
A fascinating window into American political history.
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