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The Trial of the Chicago 7 Reviews

November 20, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is both a courtroom drama for the ages and an urgent shot across the bows.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 30, 2020
If anyone was born to make a film about the infamous federal trial surrounding the protests outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, it's Aaron Sorkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2020
The film is not meant to be a documentary, though, and naturally takes creative license, keeping the essence of the real life events...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
October 16, 2020
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
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a riveting movie...
October 16, 2020
It represents the sanctification of a time and a people whose spirit Sorkin sees as our salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2020
Sorkin's film is sometimes eloquent, and sustained for the most part by his flair for hyperverbal entertainment. Yet it also diminishes its aura of authenticity with dubious inventions, and muddles its impact by taking on more history than it can handle.
October 15, 2020
To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the times are indeed a-changin', but Sorkin's brand of sharp writing about politics, media, and culture hasn't gone out of style.
October 15, 2020
"The Trial of the Chicago 7" isn't good, but I'd recommend it anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 15, 2020
In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful job of picking through months of testimony to find significant exchanges that speak a universal language about the corruption of power and the desire to silence opposition voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2020
Sorkin, who's unmatched in his ability to write debates and speeches, manages to freshen up those old benches, robes and gavels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
October 15, 2020
A compelling re-creation of a notorious trial that galvanized and even defined the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2020
A smart, angry movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 14, 2020
Barn-burning speeches are a lot more rousing when the barn in question is rotted enough to require immediate burning to the ground.
October 12, 2020
Sorkin's talent, distinct and unmistakable, drops a pearl into every exchange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2020
When it clicks, it's gangbusters, with Sorkin's signature rat-a-tat dialogue bouncing between the actors like a pinball.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 4, 2020
Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show in Aaron Sorkin's mostly entertaining, occasionally cheesy, totally timely take on a notorious US trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 3, 2020
[T]he compassionate, optimistic and indeed counterintuitive ending feels like the aspirational balm that we need right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2020
Sorkin's winks are so shameless that you can hear them flutter across your own living room, but that doesn't make them unenjoyable, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2020
When it all clicks, its terrific cast in full flow in the packed courtroom, it's truly stirring stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 1, 2020
Somehow, the gross miscarriage of justice against innocent men has been made into a cracking good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2020
Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 may not be the squarest film ever made about 1960s radicalism... Still, this loose "true story" is exactly what you would expect from Sorkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 30, 2020
Sorkin has no plan for the camera beyond pointing it at his stars, but he lets their performances grow large and moreish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2020
"The Trial of the Chicago 7" offers an absorbing primer in a chapter of American history that was both bizarre and ruefully meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 25, 2020
This film is one of those exhilarating instances when Sorkin finds a context in which all of his well-established impulses that can be so annoying elsewhere...
September 25, 2020
There are such wonderful individual moments and beats in that just watching it as an acting exercise makes it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 details events that happened more than 50 years ago. The time to look away is never.
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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+
September 24, 2020
"Trial" is so inherently compelling - and so directly germane to an America where the government labels cities "anarchist jurisdictions" and states are drawing up laws against free assembly - that it doesn't need the frills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2020
Breezy for a serious topic, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is something unexpected, fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 24, 2020
[A] remarkably relevant story, smartly told, but with certain blind spots and pitfalls: broad strokes, rhetorical grandstanding, the tendency to overstuff an already load-bearing tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 24, 2020
"The Trial of the Chicago 7," smoothly entertaining as it is, may also elude clear consensus.
September 24, 2020
It's talky and clumsy, alternating between self-importance and clowning. But it's also not a movie that can be easily shaken off. Partly this is an accident of timing.
September 24, 2020
Sorkin's writing may be better served by a director who can bring a new set of perspectives and dynamics to the work, rather than simply presenting them head-on. Yet it works anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2020
[A]gain and again, scenes and lines land with a solemn clunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 24, 2020
The filmmaker crafts an entertaining, immersive and ultimately optimistic spectacle that never forgets, especially at its ending, that humanity should always trump the system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 24, 2020
A look back at rabble-rousers from another era won't change the world, but "Chicago 7" is a solid tribute to a few men who realized they could, even when the system they fought for came up short.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 24, 2020
[I]t's a thoroughly satisfying drama whose emotional climax hinges on an implied possessive pronoun, of all things.
September 24, 2020
Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is the rare drama about the 1960s that's powerful and authentic and moving enough to feel as if it were taking place today.
September 24, 2020
This is not a documentary; it's a dramatization of events that resonates with great power while containing essential truths, and it's one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 23, 2008
Sorkin has made a movie that's gripping, illuminating and trenchant, as erudite as his best work and always grounded first and foremost in story and character.