A Decade Under the Influence
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In the late '60s, American culture experienced a period of change as the youth movement challenged conventional attitudes about politics, sex, drugs, and gender issues, while the advancement of the Vietnam War found many citizens questioning the actions and wisdom of their government for the first time. As American attitudes continued to evolve, so did the American film industry; as costly big-budget blockbusters nearly brought the major studios to the brink of collapse, smaller and more personal films such as Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider, and Five Easy Pieces demonstrated there was a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's as if we're watching the equivalent of a VH1 special edited for an in-flight movie."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"What's missing is anything resembling a point of view ... or the slightest sense of critical discrimination."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"This is a must-see documentary for any film lover."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"...less of a serious, insightful documentary and more of a nostalgic love letter."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Fitfully interesting in its own right, but more useful as a device to point you toward checking out the original source material."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Unlike many documentaries about movies, it's neither underfunded nor perfunctory, but thoughtful and bracing."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's gratifying and exhilarating enough -- the movie's a foolproof greatest-hits clips package. But Christie is its major coup."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Demme and LaGravenese are just as happy to let the directors bask in their past glories and reminisce about those crazy days."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The past is so bright here, co-directors Richard LaGravenese and the late Ted Demme must have worn shades."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"A breezy but incomplete valentine to the most fertile period in American film"
‑ Tom Block, culturevulture.net
"Leaves us to wonder whether ever again will so many creative free spirits move into the mainstream in such numbers and with such success."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Here's a fireball documentary about the 1970s, when filmmakers were stoked by sex, drugs, rock and, oh, yeah, social conscience."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Succeeds as both a primer for newcomers and as eye candy for established film fans."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"When Coppola bellyaches you want to ask, Hey buddy, who forced the studios to give up on radical filmmakers by going insanely overbudget and past schedule with Apocalypse Now?"
‑ Mark Athitakis, Filmcritic.com
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