The Weather Underground


Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23

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  1. Along with its historical value, The Weather Underground is also a terrific movie, energetic, and articulate. It's the don't-miss documentary of the season.
  2. 88
    Whether the protest movement hastened the end of the Vietnam War is hard to say, but it is likely that Lyndon Johnson's decision not to run for re-election was influenced by the climate it helped to create.
  3. Featuring seasoned warriors reflecting on whether we can best fight violence with violence is enormously compelling.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Essential viewing for anyone who wants to know the roots -- and perils -- of modern political dissent.
  5. Stands as an important film, perhaps even a timely one as once again the United States finds itself enmeshed in fending off a guerrilla war in a faraway land.
  6. Notoriety, they won. The revolution, they didn't. That perhaps is the secret message of the film. Dylan was right. You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
  7. 70
    It's curious that the filmmakers choose to end the story without reporting on Weatherwoman Kathy Boudin's involvement in an ill-fated 1981 robbery of a Brinks truck in New York State.
  8. Proves to be a wonderful reality check.
  9. Powerful and searching documentary.
  10. One of the most thought-provoking documentaries of recent times.
  11. A compelling piece of work that turns out to have unexpected relevance to the current world situation.
  12. 80
    This terrifically smart and solid piece of filmmaking lets the former Weathermen, now in their 50's and older, speak into the camera and reveal a bit of their personal histories as well as what the peace movement meant to them.
  13. 80
    A smart, absorbing, often exhilarating documentary.
  14. 70
    Serves as a fascinating window into an era of radical dissent that now seems centuries past.
  15. Offers a welcome perspective, reminding us that extremism in the name of a values system is nothing new -- not even on these shores.
  16. The documentary plays it down the middle, neither condemning nor romanticizing the political outlaws, but making sense of who they were and what they did.
  17. Powerful and surprisingly timely.
  18. A perceptive, fascinating and relatively evenhanded look at the most radical arm of the American student rebellion of the Vietnam era.
  19. 80
    Through masterful editing, nimble music selection and smart use of documentary materials, the filmmakers shake the dust off cultural clichés to provide a provocative survey of the past. It’s a subversively sleek enterprise.

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