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  • Summary: The story of the hopes, rebellions, and repression of the 1960s, told by those who lived it - members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). (Zeitgeist Films)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. It's a surprisingly happy film, almost completely devoid of bitterness or cynicism.
  2. 67
    The barrage of information in Rebels is at times wearying; indeed many of the speakers look somewhat battle-weary, but there's clearly still a holy fire burning deep within their now-hooded eyes.
  3. Even if this film may irritate some people who remember "the movement" differently, it's nevertheless a fascinating and often moving document of recent history.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    50
    Encapsulates the turbulent times of the Students for a Democratic Society.
  5. It rambles, it's repetitive, but once in a while there's a sparkling moment when someone speaks in a way that conjures the fierce passion of the '60s.
  6. (Garvy) has helped advance our understanding of a difficult and exhilarating time.
  7. 40
    Garvy has worked hard to weave the interviews into an exciting narrative, but the focus is perhaps too narrow for the film to be as politically effective as it could have been.

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