Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

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  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. A must-see account that casts a harshly illuminating light on a key period of recent American history.
  3. 90
    The story goes on and on, endlessly fascinating to the last - the sensational trial, the convictions, the revelations, the recriminations.
  4. Gathers riveting, rarely seen news clips from the era into a chronology that plays like a suspenseful police drama.
  5. 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.
  6. A compelling piece of press criticism as it probes the media as terror's conduit of choice, spreading message and validating violence in the 1970s and today.
  7. 88
    Guerrilla provides one huge compensation: the getting of historical wisdom.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Superbly researched and constructed, pic is an improvement over last year's "The Weather Underground," which backed away from judging political terror on the left.
  9. That a ragtag group of intellectuals and misfits could so blindside the FBI and hold the media in its grip is an especially sobering aspect of this dynamically told story.
  10. Uses social and historical perspective to explain what happened then and, perhaps inadvertently, what's happening now.
  11. 75
    An insightful time capsule.
  12. 75
    It does manage to put a somewhat complex human face on the domestic troublemakers, if not their exploits.
  13. 70
    A remarkably clear-eyed look back at a moment in which real revolution seemed possible - even probable - in America's streets.
  14. 70
    Plays out smaller and less climactic than the way anyone old enough to recall will remember.
  15. There are no fresh revelations and the film can't touch Paul Schrader's 1988 drama, "Patty Hearst," as an inside account.
  16. Though Hearst is the hook, Stone's unwavering focus is on the heady mix of social and personal dynamics that spawned the SLA.
  17. Guerrilla' is an engaging film, but it's a documentary and nothing more.
  18. 50
    Guerrilla still holds up as social history, primarily because its description of seething frustration in a divided America has become spookily relevant.
  19. 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
    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. Full Review »