Riotsville, USA

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Impressively researched and persuasively argued, Riotsville, USA tears at the roots of modern American law enforcement.
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    Sarah JaneAustin Chronicle
    Riotsville, USA is a definitely worth your time and attention.
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    Mark JenkinsWashington Post
    What “Riotsville, USA” gets right about that pivotal year, and every year since, is the governmental paranoia and overreaction.
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    Dmitry SamarovChicago Reader
    Sierra Pettengill’s disquieting documentary uses only archival footage shot by the military and clips from period news coverage to explore this uncanny episode in the country’s history.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's a documentary about futility, about people trying to understand the problem of unrest but unwilling to understand the problem.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is a very good, urgent film.
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    By the end, this becomes a film about how and why we seem to keep having the same arguments, generation after generation.
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    The direct line from the events, decisions and polices depicted in Riotsville, U.S.A. to the fascist voices of today who insist their way is the only way of being a patriot makes the film explosively damning.
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    Siddhant AdlakhaTruthdig
    Riotsville, U.S.A., despite the rich material it had to work with, fails to capture the enormity of its implications.


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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    The archival documentary Riotsville, USA presents fascinating footage (the movie's best asset), but the movie's narration tends to be politically biased and preachy. Viewers can make up their own minds without being told what to think about the footage.
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    Michael J. CaseyBoulder Weekly
    You could watch "Riotsville, U.S.A." and think: “This is how we got here.” The better response might be: “How the hell are we still here?”
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