Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train Image
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  • 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)
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  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
    It's a far more effective leftist argument than the bombastic "Fahrenheit 9/11."
  3. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    As engaging and stimulating as the man himself.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    70
    The film is especially strong in its second half, which is dominated by contemporary footage of Zinn.
  5. Smoothly incorporates archival material, including scenes of Mr. Zinn's public appearances, interviews with Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Berrigan and Alice Walker (his student at Spelman). Matt Damon also reads well-chosen excerpts from Mr. Zinn's writing.
  6. This video profile by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller allows his significance to register and his charisma to shine despite a pedestrian approach that's especially awkward in its use of archival footage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5