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The Kid Stays in the Picture director Brett Morgen turns his unique eye toward the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in this 2006 documentary. Using a star-studded voice cast along with a blend of archival footage and animation, Morgen tells the story of the eight demonstrators who were arrested and tried for conspiracy in the wake of the violent anti-war protests. Featuring the voices of Nick Nolte and Mark Ruffalo among others, Chicago 10 premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Chicago 10 is that nearly perfect marriage of style -- edgy, different -- to documentary subject: 1968, that seminal year so celebrated in 2008 for changing the America that came after it."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"If nothing else, it's a welcomed alternative to the more straightforward and serious film that Spielberg is likely to deliver."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Chicago 10 is definitely worth a look for skeptics young and old."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Chicago 10 isn't perfect, but is required viewing for anyone who wasn't around at the time, if only as a reminder of the effectiveness of citizen action."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Director Brett Morgen earns high marks for finding a most innovative way to illustrate a regrettable chapter in American history."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Makes skillful use of documentary footage to relate what happened in the streets of Chicago, culminating in what was routinely described at the time as 'a police riot.'"
‑ Harper Baines, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Given the filmmaker's privileged perspective of hindsight, to notconsider the real-world repercussions of their theater, to not connect the dots between 1968 and 2008 is a squandered opportunity."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It may be most effective for audiences who do need a spoonful of sugar to make the historical medicine go down."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Morgan is more interested in recreating the confusing experience of living through those times than in evaluating them in a perspective informed by 40 years of hindsight."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"...despite its storytelling creativity, it doesn't generate as much inspiration or excitement as I would have expected."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A vibrant, unconventional documentary about the conspiracy trial of the so-called inciters of the riots that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"If you accept the premise that it's a multimedia happening rather than a history lesson, the half-documentary, half-cartoon Chicago 10 is a smash of a mash-up. Call it 1968, the Remix."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Revisits 1968 as a court room drama, through a fresh cinematic look to avoid period clichés while broadening history's appeal to both boomers and their children."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"The ultimate lesson? Sometimes you make a noble point by acting like a jackass."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Chicago 10 is an art-house rarity that manages to visually dazzle while peeling away the layers of this contentious moment in time, giving viewers an eyeful of social unrest and wondrous screen fantasia."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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