Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    Morgen plunges viewers completely into the anarchic, exhilarating, finally ambiguous world of 1968 America; his final stroke of genius is his choice of music, which includes a breathtaking use of Eminem's "Mosh."
  2. 90
    Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) has made an electrifying picture.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    The result is Grade-A agitpop, a mixture of archival footage and cheeky, creative animated reconstruction that's funny and frightening in equal measure.
  4. 83
    Sometimes the best way to relate history is to tinker with it and make it feel like a living thing.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Aug 21, 2011
    4
    The movie is just not focused and for someone who wants to know about the persons in the film, there is not enough background info. I agreeThe movie is just not focused and for someone who wants to know about the persons in the film, there is not enough background info. I agree with one other review which states they are presented as young prankster. That trial set the tone for all future "political" trials in the U.S, and it affected the rest of the world.
    What happened to these people. I saw on PBS TV on its Independent Lens program. Very disappointing.
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  2. KenG
    Nov 9, 2008
    9
    As an extensive history lesson this is a bit fuzzy, but what this film does very well is capture the spirit, mood and the tone of both events As an extensive history lesson this is a bit fuzzy, but what this film does very well is capture the spirit, mood and the tone of both events (the riots and the trial) in a way that is intense, powerful, and harrowing. Full Review »
  3. JayH.
    Aug 21, 2008
    7
    Great subject, very informative, but the animated segments are irritating and distract from the power of the subject matter. It's Great subject, very informative, but the animated segments are irritating and distract from the power of the subject matter. It's amazing that it all happened to begin with. Full Review »