Medium Cool
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Medium Cool is an awkward and even pretentious movie, but, like the report of the President's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, it has an importance that has nothing to do with literature."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Despite the 1968 conflict(s) dating the film to a very specific time and place in American history, there's nothing that can't be applied to what's going on today, especially with the new relevance of video images on computers and handheld devices."
‑ Eric Melin,
"An interesting time capsule essay film that takes us back to the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and its police riot."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Skillfully manipulates viewer expectations of fiction and nonfiction."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"More relevant than ever"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Moviemakers have at last figured out how bright the average moviegoer is. By that I don't mean they're making more 'intelligent' pictures. I mean they understand how quickly we can catch onto things."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"a quintessential late-60s time capsule piece"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The mass media message is still relevant in this groundbreaking 1969 film."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Whatever its weaknesses, they are easy to forgive since Medium Cool represents a pioneering slice of cinematic history."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, Apollo Guide
"The film doesn't exactly end, because it's not so much a narrative as it is a mile-marker and a warning."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Wexler may have been going after something "cool," but what he came up with is smoking hot cinema that puts Jean-Luc Goddard to shame."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Blending fact and fiction, Wexler's seminal zeitgeist docu-drama, shot during the Chicago riots of 1968, raises intriguing questions, just like Antonioni's Blow-Up."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a powerful, utterly unique film, one of the few that truly captured the turbulent late-'60s zeitgeist in all its fury"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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