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  • Summary: An unprecedented account of the Symbionese Liberation Army, arguably the most notorious and flamboyant domestic terrorist group in American history. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. A gripping documentary that uses voluminous period evidence — unedited news footage, tape recordings of SLA leader Cinque's rants — to brilliantly reconstruct the entire freak event.
  2. 90
    Drawing on interviews with SLA co-founder Russ Little and amazing TV news footage, Robert Stone illuminates this fantastic narrative as vividly as it has ever been.
  3. 90
    The story goes on and on, endlessly fascinating to the last - the sensational trial, the convictions, the revelations, the recriminations.
  4. 75
    An insightful time capsule.
  5. 70
    A remarkably clear-eyed look back at a moment in which real revolution seemed possible - even probable - in America's streets.
  6. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    30
    Stone's film is a case study in cultural analysis that aims at too much and achieves too little.

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  1. JamesH
    Sep 13, 2009
    7
    Very well documented and very insightful documentary, skillfully pieced together. Excellent use of footage from the time, good narration. I Very well documented and very insightful documentary, skillfully pieced together. Excellent use of footage from the time, good narration. I was always interested in the content. Expand