Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Proves to be a wonderful reality check.
  2. Offers a welcome perspective, reminding us that extremism in the name of a values system is nothing new -- not even on these shores.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Essential viewing for anyone who wants to know the roots -- and perils -- of modern political dissent.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Powerful and searching documentary.
  8. 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.
  9. A compelling piece of work that turns out to have unexpected relevance to the current world situation.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    Filmmakers Sam Green and Bill Siegel tend to shy from tough questions, allowing their subjects to wax nostalgic about bomb-throwing as yet another youthful folly of the '70s. That's tougher to swallow than some boomers' claims they didn't inhale.
  12. Featuring seasoned warriors reflecting on whether we can best fight violence with violence is enormously compelling.
  13. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Powerful and surprisingly timely.
  14. A perceptive, fascinating and relatively evenhanded look at the most radical arm of the American student rebellion of the Vietnam era.
  15. 70
    Serves as a fascinating window into an era of radical dissent that now seems centuries past.
  16. Reviewed by: James Adams
    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.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Assembled in a straightforward, television-style presentation that gets the better of it.
  20. 60
    One leaves with barely a clue as to how this group was able to orchestrate a successful string of terror bombings.
  21. One of the most thought-provoking documentaries of recent times.
  22. 80
    A smart, absorbing, often exhilarating documentary.

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