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  • Make no mistake, The Vietnam War…is a major cultural event.
    — Kate Aurthur, Buzzfeed, September 11, 2017
  • Ken Burns is a genius filmmaker. His new doc is The Vietnam War and it is devastating, eye-opening and brain changing. It is its own event for sure. It should be a requirement for all Americans to watch it. In many ways, we are still living in the America that specific war unleashed.
    — Mark Maron, WTF September 11, 2017
  • …intimate and enthralling
    — John Wenzel, Denver Post, September 10, 2017
  • Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has brought us another masterpiece.
    — David Brankley. September 9, 2017
  • I don’t know where you go from ‘greatest documentarian of the day.’ Greatest documentarian of all time? But after seeing ‘The Vietnam War,’ I am so glad that Burns refuses to rest on his laurels.
    — David Zurawick, Baltimore Sun, September 8, 2017
  • “The Vietnam War” manages the impossible…. it untangles one of the most complicated narratives in American history.
    — Libby Hill, Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2017
  • ’The Vietnam War’” figures to be the standout highlight of the fall television season -- the best thing on, by far…. It is more than just a television show. It is an experience…. It is a wonder to behold, fascinating, illuminating, deeply moving -- so much so that its impact at times is like an emotional body blow.
    — Adam Buckman, Media Post, September 4, 2017
  • ...a work of dramatic sweep and shocking intimacy
    — Phil Klay, Mother Jones, September/October 2017 Issue
  • The Vietnam War is an essential experience that cannot be missed.
    — Ryan Berenz, Channel Guide Magazine, September 1, 2017
  • Documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick are essentially detectives, exposing new layers of entrenched facts about facets of American history, whether it’s the Civil War, World War II, jazz, Prohibition or baseball. Their latest film—a typically exhaustive 10-part, 18-hour inquiry into the Vietnam War, written by Geoffrey Ward—turned out to be the most challenging project of their careers, involving 100 interviews over a period of 10 years.
    — Ryan Bort, Newsweek, September 2, 2017
  • …offers an intensely immersive, often head-spinning history lesson, combining grand sweep and archival depth with sometimes devastatingly emotional first-person interviews with people from all sides…
    — Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, September 1, 2017
  • In an age of immense, demanding documentaries, is it any wonder that Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s on Vietnam is a masterpiece? Just consider for a moment that it may be the best film you will ever see. That is not just because it is, in full, 18 hours, with as many Vietnamese witnesses as Americans. It’s more because, to quote the film, Vietnam drove a stake in the heart of the country. Which country? Not Vietnam—but the USA. What makes the film so resonant is the marriage of a calm and merciless depiction of history and its decisions with the voices and faces of those people who “survived” those years. They are eloquent, in tears and even laughing sometimes, but they are the stricken; forever wounded from experiencing a modern American tragedy. In 2017, it’s easier to see how that ordeal goes on.
    — David Thomson, Telluride Film Festival Guide, September 1
  • The film includes striking sequences in which well-known black-and-white photographs, always central to Burns’s work, coëxist with color film and color photography. The subject, being recent and contested—and its traumas sometimes evident in the stiffness around the mouths of witnesses—has its own narrative potency. The war is not a room in the House of Americana; the film’s ambition is not to breathe life into the dead.
    — Ian Parker, The New Yorker, September 4
  • The documentary will surely become a definitive history, unrivaled in its scope, breadth, depth and capacity to move.
    — Brie Stimson, San Diego Jewish Journal, August 24
  • Incredible
    — Dan Bova, Entrepreneur Magazine, August 15
  • If there were one upcoming program that will be on TV in the coming months that I felt compelled to watch above all else, it would be “The Vietnam War,” the latest documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
    — George Toshio Johnston, editor, Rafu Shimpo, August 2017
  • Powerful...deeply moving....
    — Susan Spencer, editor, Woman's Day, September 2017
  • ….Burns and Novick have pulled off a monumental achievement.
    — David Kamp, editor, Vanity Fair, July 2017
  • The Vietnam War…is rich, revelatory, and scrupulously evenhanded... By dint of its thoroughness, its fairness, and its pedigree, The Vietnam War is as good an occasion as we’ve ever had for a levelheaded national conversation about America’s most divisive foreign war. It deserves to be, and likely will be, the rare kind of television that becomes an event.
    — David Kamp, Vanity Fair, August 2017
  • I've now seen half of the full film, and it is brilliant. A masterpiece. And that's even with The Civil War. Stunning. Heartbreaking.
    — Alex Strachan, TV Worth Watching, July 7, 2017
  • Conversation. Catharsis. Connection. “The Vietnam War” certainly has the potential for being the genesis of all of these.
    — J.S. Anderson, East County Californian, June 1, 2017
  • By giving voice to all sides in a complicated conflict, [Ken ] Burns's ambitions were grand: to promote civil discourse.
    — Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, April 27, 2017
  • …the range and ambition of The Vietnam War is impressive.
    — Michael King, Austin Chronicle, April 27, 2017
  • …’The Vietnam War’ just might be a step toward the cure for what ails us.
    — Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, April 15, 2017
  • Well, now. Another conversation on Vietnam would hardly seem necessary after all the books, movies, songs, posturings, laments, “stab in the back” excuses, and barstool rants that have endlessly poured forth on the subject. But based on a screening last week at the Motion Picture Academy of America of a two-hour episode, Burns and Novick appear to have pulled it off.
    — Richard Sisk,, March 20, 2017

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