This is a terrific time capsule with a resonant message.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
It might seem like a history lesson, but this compelling documentary has plenty of contemporary relevance.
Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
Their message-namely, Who will watch the watchmen?-remains as important today as it was 44 years ago.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
Synopsis: Before leaks were synonymous with high-tech high jinks, a small band of Vietnam-era citizen activists broke into an FBI office in the aptly named Media, Pa. There, on the night Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier, they lifted tons of files about illegal surveillance and activities and fed them to the newspapers. This was a prime example of civil disobedience during a time rife with them.
Interviews with participants, archival footage and reenactments create a mood and foster camaraderie. Yes, “1971” tilts in favor of its subjects. But given the subterranean and ethically dark tactics of the agency (then still led by J. Edgar Hoover), it’s hard to argue. This is a terrific time capsule with a resonant message.
Courtesy: Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
The year a few ordinary citizens took on the FBI.
PG - Language May Offend