Winter Soldier
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In the late 1960's, the war in Vietnam was widely criticized by activists and college students across the United States, but at the dawn of the 1970's new voices joined the outcry against the war. Vietnam Veterans Against the War (or VVAW) was a group formed by men who had served in Vietnam and had come to believe that the war -- and America's presence in it -- was wrong. In early 1971, as reports of the 1968 My Lai Massacre and the court martial of Lt. William Calley were still in the news, the VVAW organized what they called "the Winter Soldier Investigation," in which… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is an important historical document, an eerily prescient antiwar plea and a dazzling example of moviemaking at its most iconographically potent. But at its best, it is the eloquent, unforgettable tale of profound moral reckoning."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Very much a product of its time: It's not an investigative piece; it's a combination of documentary footage, protest, despair and anger."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"For an America enduring another summer of discontent in Iraq, Winter Soldier horrifically seems to prove that what's past is indeed prologue."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Amazingly relevant, and impossible to watch without thinking of current events."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The most chilling aspect of "Winter Soldier" is that, 34 years down the road, it feels fresh."
‑ Sean Means,
"Rich with moments of excruciating eloquence."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"No matter one's politics, this grainy black-and-white documentary can't fail but be convincing %u2013 and harrowing."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Meet the old war, same as the new war."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Time hasn't made it less excruciating to watch, nor less essential."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A harrowing and often nauseating compendium of battle-zone confessions that was cast into obscurity almost immediately upon release in 1972."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"I couldn't call this film a masterpiece, only indispensable."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It is one of the most difficult films to get through, yet it is also one of the most important films you may ever see."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Like Hearts and Minds and Fahrenheit 9/11, Winter Soldier is less documentary than in-the-heat-of-conflict document, too close to the bone for "distance.""
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Searing and sharp as a knife..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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