Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived
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Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived
Investigates one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963, and had he been re-elected in 1964? Employed is what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals--"what ifs"--and the outcomes they might have produced. Using an array of resources including recently declassified and never-before-seen archival footage, documents, and audio tapes, and testimony from a critical oral… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fascinating stuff, but after a while the film runs out of things to say and falls back on clichés."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The film is a seductive immersion into an early sixties zeitgeist and Cold War cool."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"If nothing else, Virtual JFK does remind us of what it was that made him charismatic."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"plays out like a hagiographic screed"
‑ Paul Brenner,
"Director Koji Masutani has masterfully assembled a wealth of archival footage, photos and audiotapes, some of which has been recently declassified."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The word Iraq is never uttered, but there's no avoiding it as Kennedy asserts during the Bay of Pigs crisis that to attack Cuba, a country that hadn't attacked the United States, would be contrary to our national tradition."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Contrary to its title, Virtual JFK is less a counter-history of the Vietnam years than a tribute to John F. Kennedy's stubborn resistance to a military that pressured him to go to war on six occasions during his short presidency."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Assembles an amazing array of recorded conversations and vintage newsreel, and offers up enough press conference footage to make one nostalgic for the days when an uncowed, penetrating press really did serve the public interest."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Despite its title, Virtual JFK doesn't imagine a world where JFK survives the events of Dallas and goes on to win a second term as U.S. president. That would be a whole other movie, and a fascinating one at that."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The controversial process of counterfactual history gets a captivating workout in Virtual JFK."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Hearty takes and outtakes by Kennedy, his peers and nemeses intertwine objectively to thwart anyone who pegs the work as purely absurdist."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Argues that nearly 60,000 United States armed forces wouldn't have lost their lives in Vietnam had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated. Duh."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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