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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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Critic Consensus: An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.

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What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest--including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale--were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.

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The film is not meant to be a documentary, though, and naturally takes creative license, keeping the essence of the real life events...

October 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Trial of the Chicago 7 feels outright outlandish at times; more than unrealistic, it can feel as far afield from history as an episode of the Twilight Zone.

October 23, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The writing was a bit grandiose and self-important, a tendency that the movie's writer-director, Aaron Sorkin, has turned into a style. But he structured the late 1960s story strategically, even if he decided not to worry about historical accuracy.

October 21, 2020 | Full Review…

By reshaping this charged moment culled from somewhat recent American history in his own image, Sorkin has made The Trial of the Chicago 7 about something else entirely: himself.

October 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It may be messy, but it's fleet-footed and it means well, and in the way of any good caper flick it extols the virtue of breaking the law for all the right reasons, come what may.

October 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a riveting movie...

October 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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