Reviews: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This momentous cultural event from the end of the turbulent 60’s is apt to floor those unfamiliar with the case given the uncanny similarities with events today… The film features a dynamic, sprawling ensemble, one of the best of the year.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: For better and for worse, all of Aaron Sorkin’s idiosyncrasies on full display. It is elegant, energetic, and entertaining, but I also found the film and its messaging to be hollow.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: No argument that Aaron Sorkin is great at writing courtroom dramas, but the jury is still out on his skills as a director.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Even if a couple of the characters get short shrift, the film’s examination of the impact of protest is both fascinating and eerily timely.
  • Jared Mobarak @
    • Excerpt: It’s a project tailor-made for Aaron Sorkin [that] was surely catnip to write. No wonder its 129-minute runtime flies by like nothing.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ showcases both Aaron Sorkin’s great skill and his great shortcomings. Telling the true story of a rambunctious American kangaroo court trial, Sorkin’s script is as precise and laser-honed as one would expect but his developing skill as a director still keeps audiences arm’s reach from the emotional core of the material.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @
    • Excerpt: Aaron Sorkin’s sophomore effort in the director’s chair – after 2017’s Molly’s Game – is just as compelling, erudite, and masterful as his first. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the best movies of the year so far.