The Trial of the Chicago 7

critic Reviews

, 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    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.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    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.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    "The Trial of the Chicago 7" isn't good, but I'd recommend it anyway.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    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.
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    Sorkin, who's unmatched in his ability to write debates and speeches, manages to freshen up those old benches, robes and gavels.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    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.
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    Aaron NeuwirthWe Live Entertainment
    This is the kind of film with all the semblance of a prestige blockbuster that could have arrived back in the 90s or 80s and been met with massive acclaim and box office.
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    Linda and Al LernerMovies and Shakers
    Like a good book, this is a real page turner. Aaron Sorkin is the master of fast-paced, cutting dialogue making it suit each character in this recreation of a turbulent time, not unlike the contentious climate we live in now.
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    Tom BeasleyVultureHound
    Many of the acclaimed scribe's usual flourishes and flashes of genius are present, of course, but there's a sense that this is a man pushing himself a little too far.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    There are great films, and there are movies "of their moment." Aaron Sorkin's film is a bit of both.
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