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Based on 24 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie's effectiveness is distorted by its hero-worship of the Chicago defendants. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    An ambitious and occasionally illuminating hybrid documentary. But a cacophony of sights and sounds and a disjointed narrative dilute the message. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Given the filmmaker's privileged perspective of hindsight, to not consider the real-world repercussions of their theater, to not connect the dots between 1968 and 2008 is a squandered opportunity. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A provocative reflection of its rule-breaking subjects, Brett Morgen's political documentary re-examines the past while drawing unmissable parallels to the present. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The result is Grade-A agitpop, a mixture of archival footage and cheeky, creative animated reconstruction that's funny and frightening in equal measure. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Morgen’s best achievement is the news footage, more detailed looks at events outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel and in Chicago parks than you typically see on TV rehashes. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The defendants – especially Hoffman and Rubin – baited elderly Judge Julius J. Hoffman, who never failed to take the bait; Seale was so obstreperous that Hoffman had him gagged and bound to a chair, another indelible image. show more

  • 63
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    The courtroom scenes are the animated ones…and said animation looks rather cruder than your average PS3 game. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Chicago 10 has interesting moments, but basically it's a teaser for Steven Spielberg's upcoming feature on the trial. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    The movie stylishly portrays the story of the Chicago Seven with archival footage and animated sequences. Without reference to or retrospection from the present, Morgen crafts a film that is as pertinent as ever. show more

  • May 22, 2008 stravingus
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    Only because it was based on a court transcript, and not a work of fiction. In an election year like 2008, this has my vote for the most essential film to see. Our country is approaching the degree of division portrayed in this view of 1968, and it becomes important for the citizenry to learn from past mistakes. This film presents history in a creative delivery (albeit, a one-sided view of history.) Nonetheless, for those who weren't alive when this all went down, such as the writer, I found it profoundly educational, and gut-wrenchingly terrifying at the same time. The saddest thing of all, is that this really HAPPENED. In 2008, it seems poised to happen again.

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