The Trial of the Chicago 7

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    The Trial of the Chicago 7 is both a courtroom drama for the ages and an urgent shot across the bows.
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    Lindsey BahrAssociated Press
    If anyone was born to make a film about the infamous federal trial surrounding the protests outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, it's Aaron Sorkin.
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    Arionne NettlesChicago Reader
    The film is not meant to be a documentary, though, and naturally takes creative license, keeping the essence of the real life events...
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    The Trial of the Chicago 7 feels outright outlandish at times; more than unrealistic, it can feel as far afield from history as an episode of the Twilight Zone.
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    Matthew GilbertBoston Globe
    The writing was a bit grandiose and self-important, a tendency that the movie's writer-director, Aaron Sorkin, has turned into a style. But he structured the late 1960s story strategically, even if he decided not to worry about historical accuracy.
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    Oliver JonesObserver
    By reshaping this charged moment culled from somewhat recent American history in his own image, Sorkin has made The Trial of the Chicago 7 about something else entirely: himself.
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    Tasha RobinsonPolygon
    As with all things Sorkin, it takes liberties with the truth - this is not a film to watch in place of reading up on the history - but it's a damn good supplement for that history, and taken as a comment on our modern justice system.
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    Megan BashamWORLD
    Sorkin in Trial makes the most of big personalities and the conflicts between them. But those conflicts are manufactured debates that bear little resemblance to the real debates Americans were having then -- or are having now.
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    Blake HowardDark Horizons
    "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is a timely film, until the end leaves you with a bitter taste.
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    Dan SchindelHyperallergic
    As a director, Sorkin can barely muster any verve, portraying the highly charged atmosphere of the times with persistent flatness both in and out of the courtroom. As a writer, he cannot hope to properly capture the radical spirit of his protagonists.
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