Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
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Between 1998 and 2002, it seemed the Dixie Chicks could do no wrong. Their first major-label album, Wide Open Spaces, was a smash hit, topping the country charts and eventually selling 12 million copies, while their subsequent albums Fly and Home respectively moved ten and six million units. Their concert tours were consistent sellouts, making them the most commercially successful female group in the history of the recording industry. However, things took an unexpected turn for the Dixie Chicks in March 2003; with the United States expected to invade Iraq in a matter of days, the group's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Shut Up and Sing tells the story of three young women whose belief in America is bred in the bone, and it shames their critics."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A fascinating look at the intersection of commerce, celebrity, and controversy."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The most inspiring element of the film is the genuine fortitude and loyalty that Maines and her bandmates Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire exhibit outwardly and to one another."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Shut up & Sings shows that it is all about freedom of speech and expression and how we had better not forget it. Freedom of speech, speaking out and having a voice. Yeah! On to the Grammies Dixie Chicks. You go girls!"
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"I came round to them by the end, but it's not a great introduction."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"In today's polarized America, you pick who you stand with, even in pop culture. Kopple's film makes that choice stark..."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The thrust of the movie lies in the trenchant mix of image-rebuilding strategies and genuine politicization the Chicks undergo"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Free speech and its ramifications are at the heart of "Shut Up & Sing," which recognizes that for the celebrity, engaging in a public exchange of ideas and opinions isn't always without its costs. The price can be dire."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"It isn't a disciplined doco, and the fragmentation of the throughline makes for occasional sags in the film, but the filmmakers mean well."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"This a frank, and slightly scary film about one of America's most cherished democratic privileges - freedom of speech - and how you're more than welcome to it as long as you don't say anything controversial. Then you're off the air."
‑ Tom Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A superior rockumentary."
‑ Edward Lawrenson, Time Out
"The Dixie Chicks spoke their minds, and that's what America is all about. Shut up and deal with it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The movie isn't quite the idolatrous you-go-girl portrait one might expect."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"They do make a comeback of course - almost stronger than ever - in this, the best documentary of the year so far. Intelligent, honest, heartfelt and fascinating."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"A gold statue of the Dixie Chicks should be erected in Maines' hometown of Lubbock, Texas."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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