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November 10, 2020
It is in the end nothing more than apologia, offering cheap catharsis for anyone looking to be absolved of their liberal guilt and affirmed in their squeamishness toward protest and dissent.
October 16, 2020
What ought to have been a captivating clash of wits and ideologies amounts to little more than standard speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2020
When the world is burning, Sorkin's stubborn insistence that rhetoric and respectability are the basis for political change is not only laughable, but incredibly baffling. The whole world is watching Aaron Sorkin, and they are waiting for him to wake up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2020
[T]his specific story and its implications deserve a radical approach, and Sorkin's is as centrist and lacking in self-awareness as it is full of hot air.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 21, 2020
Despite it's stacked cast, relevant topics, and high-production value, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is too interested in portraying the facts and not enough in portraying the real-life characters at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 28, 2020
"If you want to listen to the creator of The West Wing mansplain the 1960s to you, then The Trial of The Chicago 7 is your dream project."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2020
Aaron Sorkin's artistic strengths are here slotted into the most basic form of Oscar bait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 22, 2020
Sometimes, life does art one better.
October 23, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 21, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2020
It's weak, toothless, and wholly inadequate - both then and now.
October 23, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 has the prestige of an awards film, but that poshness creates a hollow examination of its critical historical period.
October 22, 2020
The main problem: despite its likable heroes and clear villains, The Trial of the Chicago 7 cannot bring itself to indict the system that turns the wheels of its story.
October 15, 2020
It has all the moral force of someone who spends their days writing sarcastic replies to Trump's tweets, all the while he tears down democracy piece by piece.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2020
As a director, Sorkin can barely muster any verve, portraying the highly charged atmosphere of the times with persistent flatness both in and out of the courtroom. As a writer, he cannot hope to properly capture the radical spirit of his protagonists.
October 2, 2020
Few celebrations of a radical impulse have been so conciliatory to bourgeois convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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September 24, 2020
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 wants to bottle the revolutionary spirit of its setting-the take-to-the-streets idealism of the '60s-but its snappy montage-glimpses of demonstrations verge on costume-party kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 25, 2020
Bland courtroom scenes, hokey dialogue and terrible wigs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.45/5
October 19, 2020
Maybe the most lifeless and unengagingly self-serious feature film Sorkin has written.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2020
"Good" and "Evil" get stamped on every character's forehead, and cuteness reigns, even though being cute and being indignant are two impulses that tend to cancel each other out... In Sorkin's hands, history becomes sitcom.
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