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Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived Reviews

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April 9, 2009
Fascinating stuff, but after a while the film runs out of things to say and falls back on clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2009
Director Koji Masutani has masterfully assembled a wealth of archival footage, photos and audiotapes, some of which has been recently declassified.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
Despite its title, Virtual JFK doesn't imagine a world where JFK survives the events of Dallas and goes on to win a second term as U.S. president. That would be a whole other movie, and a fascinating one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 27, 2009
If nothing else, Virtual JFK does remind us of what it was that made him charismatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 27, 2009
The film is a seductive immersion into an early sixties zeitgeist and Cold War cool.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 8, 2009
The word Iraq is never uttered, but there's no avoiding it as Kennedy asserts during the Bay of Pigs crisis that to attack Cuba, a country that hadn't attacked the United States, would be contrary to our national tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2008
Contrary to its title, Virtual JFK is less a counter-history of the Vietnam years than a tribute to John F. Kennedy's stubborn resistance to a military that pressured him to go to war on six occasions during his short presidency.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 11, 2008
The controversial process of counterfactual history gets a captivating workout in Virtual JFK.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2008
A compelling history lesson that offers an insightful primer on the Kennedy presidency even while proving sadly germane to our current times, Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived spells out its provocative premise in its title.
September 19, 2008
Hearty takes and outtakes by Kennedy, his peers and nemeses intertwine objectively to thwart anyone who pegs the work as purely absurdist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 18, 2008
plays out like a hagiographic screed
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 18, 2008
Virtual JFK -- directed by Tokyo-born, US-educated Koji Masutani -- doesn't bring up Iraq per se, but the parallels are clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2008
Assembles an amazing array of recorded conversations and vintage newsreel, and offers up enough press conference footage to make one nostalgic for the days when an uncowed, penetrating press really did serve the public interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2008
The title of the documentary Virtual J F K: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived pretty much says it all, though the movie itself says not nearly enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 17, 2008
The question: Can an individual leader take a nation to, or keep it from, war? The conclusion: Individual temperament matters, and John F. Kennedy's example proves it.
September 17, 2008
Virtual JFK reps an extended glimpse into a bygone era of statesmanship.
September 15, 2008
Argues that nearly 60,000 United States armed forces wouldn't have lost their lives in Vietnam had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated. Duh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2008
With its fascinating central question (What if ... ) and well-chosen, nostalgic footage of John F. Kennedy in his prime, this well-played documentary manages to escape the fate of other dry historical overviews.
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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