Anthem
Anthem (1997)

Two young women travel across the country in an old Saab armed with Hi-8 cameras, experience as Hollywood production assistants and a strong desire to capture the true character and spirit of the American people. Their journey leads Kristin… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 26, 2007
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Gabel and Hahn, whose thoughtful and frequently amusing commentary carries us through thousands of miles of interstate and more motels than Frank Zappa ever imagined, are guided by John Steinbeck's wisdom that you don't take a trip, but the trip takes you

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The delightful, sometimes humorous yet thoughtful result of [Gabel's and Hahn's] efforts is Anthem, in which they talk to nearly 30 people, some famous, some obscure, to find out what's on their minds.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

While Anthem may not offer any genuine insight into the future of America, Gabel and Hahn at least prove that the can-do spirit has not been completely lost to cynicism and the cult of celebrity.

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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

This is a documentary that could easily have been overly self-indulgent or fashionably irreverent but instead appeals to one's intelligence and provides glimpses of a dynamic country cruising peacefully toward the millennium.

Cynthia Joyce
Salon.com

The film has the invitingly earnest feel of a Charles Kuralt feature, bringing you into the living rooms, kitchens and cars of some very unlikely heroes.

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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This is a funny and immensely thought-provoking documentary that is a testament to just how far a pair of enthusiastic young filmmakers can go with pluck and gall.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's enjoyable precisely because Hahn and Gabel give us both sides of the experience: the interviewer and interviewee. Though there's an undercurrent of melancholy, Anthem is a bright ride, a welcome shot of 60's optimism in a gray post-modern age.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

a naive, surprisingly sloppy documentary.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Many themes emerge -- equality, justice, freedom, environmental crisis -- but weaving them into cogent insights is beyond the adventurers.

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