Critic Consensus: The Vietnam War revisits a dark chapter in American history with patience, grace, and a refreshing -- and sobering -- perspective informed by those who fought.
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A history of the Vietnam War that features insights from U.S. soldiers, Americans who opposed the war, Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both sides of the conflict.
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No, the message of The Vietnam War, as it rolls though staggering violence, infuriating governmental deception, and heartbreaking revelation from the survivors, is that, in the fullness of time, division was an illusion. All the losses were ours.
The final episodes, nine and 10, offered no respite as they trawled through the particulars of America's withdrawal, the downfall of Nixon, and the plight of the boat people.
The Vietnam War is both the most powerful film Burns has produced, and the most despairing. There's no optimism here, no moments of lyricism.
This one hits home, tunneling deep into history that doesn't feel so much like history as recent events.
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