Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train Image
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: This film documents the life and times of Howard Zinn, the historian, activist and author of the best selling classic A People's History of the United States. (First Run Features)

Where To Watch

Buy On
Stream On
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute.
  2. 75
    The ideas are generous and inclusive rather than divisive: Zinn wants history to be seen and to be experienced from every possible perspective.
  3. 70
    The film is especially strong in its second half, which is dominated by contemporary footage of Zinn.
  4. 70
    It's an excellent introduction to a man whose thoughts on war, peace and dissent have become increasingly influential in ever more confusing times.
  5. 70
    This illuminating, often rousing film fits snugly alongside the various anti-Bush/corporate/globalization documentaries that continue to pack the art houses.
  6. This documentary about Howard Zinn provides an effective if not necessarily comprehensive or objective portrait of the esteemed historian and activist.

See all 15 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. ShannonP.
    Feb 27, 2007
    4
    Whatever Zinn's contribution may (or may not) be, this film is like Tiger Beat for the PBS crowd. It isn't much more than an Whatever Zinn's contribution may (or may not) be, this film is like Tiger Beat for the PBS crowd. It isn't much more than an oppotunity for collective gushing about a man whose ideas are presented in only the most cursory and superfical way. For that matter, Zinn can hardly lay claim to the ideas that war is bad, that traditional "history" is often one-sided and misleading, and that the government cannot be trusted--although amazingly the film suggests otherwise. What are his original ideas? If they exist, you won't find them here. Nor does this "documentary" present a trace of serious criticism about Zinn's life or work. Ultimatley, it is trite propaganda about a man who purports to be fighting, among other things, exactly that! Collapse

See all 5 User Reviews

Related Articles

  1. 12 Films to See in September

    12 Films to See in September Image
    Published: August 30, 2016
    Our editors select the month's most promising releases, including a Blair Witch revival and new films from Clint Eastwood, Andrea Arnold, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, and more.
  2. The 28 Biggest Summer Blockbusters of 2016, Ranked From Worst to Best

    The 28 Biggest Summer Blockbusters of 2016, Ranked From Worst to Best  Image
    Published: August 27, 2016
    We rank this summer's highest-grossing films by Metascore.
  3. What to Watch Now on Netflix

    What to Watch Now on Netflix Image
    Published: August 26, 2016
    Get a list of the best movie and TV titles recently added (and coming soon) to Netflix streaming, updated frequently. You can also find a list of titles expiring soon.
  4. Film Friday (8/26): This Week's New Movie Trailers

    Film Friday (8/26): This Week's New Movie Trailers Image
    Published: August 26, 2016
    Watch all of this week's new film trailers, including new looks at Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Adam Wingard's Blair Witch, and more. Plus, get a quick update on the latest movie news and release date announcements.