Reviews: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: Courtroom drama about the demonization of dissent which continues to this day.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ [Indonesian]
  • 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.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
  • 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 @ JaredMobarak.com
    • 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.
  • 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] | Beverly Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Sorkin, in capturing the worst of America, also vindicates and elevates the heroes of conscience who, at their most foundational level, were the ones representing the American public and their grief over the thousands of young people being killed daily in the Vietnam War.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • 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.
  • James Wegg @
    • Excerpt: On the other side of the political/judicial fence
  • [New] | Robert Yaniz Jr. @ Showbiz Cheat Sheet