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Sam Green and Bill Siegel's documentary about a radical group whose stated goal was the violent overthrow of the U.S. government details a valuable chapter in the history of the '60s protest movement and leftism in America. The Weathermen were a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), one of the driving forces behind the period's mass protests against social injustice and the Vietnam War. Frustrated by SDS's adherence to non-violent dissent, the Weathermen broke off and adopted a more combative approach. As the student protests ebbed in the 1970s, the group went… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"If names such as Bernadine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, Naomi Jaffe and Brian Flanagan mean nothing to you, you'll definitely want to see the thought-provoking documentary, The Weather Underground."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Whose side the documentarians are on is never clear -- in a muddy rather than an ambiguous way. Did anyone die from the Weathermen's bombings? We don't find out here."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"a history lesson that takes us on a lacerating journey from the '60s anti-war movements to their emotional ripple effects in the modern-day"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Their story is history they don't teach in school, which makes The Weather Underground all the more welcome."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"The Weather Underground does as fine a job of getting into the heads of its subjects as any documentary in recent memory."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The Weather Underground leaves the viewer with many questions. To the filmmakers' credit, most of them are the right and urgent ones to ask."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"An eye-opening look at idealism taken to extremes during one of the most turbulent periods of American history."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Um olhar interessante sobre um período conturbado e incrivelmente rico no cenário da militância política entre os jovens norte-americanos: a década de 70."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A must-see for anyone interested in one of the most turbulent periods in recent American history."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"It's hard not to feel a little deja vu watching this informative documentary."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Directors Sam Green and Bill Siegel expertly limn the forces that gave rise to Weatherman and clearly sympathize with the group's motivations. At the same time, they don't stint on Weatherman's follies."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"A remarkable journey."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Proves to those few of us who try to see both sides of an argument that evil is a mere perception."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"A compelling documentary that makes effective use of contemporary interviews, news-show clips, grainy 8mm footage and narration."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"A homegrown terrorist movement with pretensions to Third World revolution, '60s radicals the Weather Underground make fascinating subjects for a feature documentary."
‑ Pat Aufderheide, Orlando Weekly
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