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American Anarchist

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Charlie Siskel

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About the Movie

This is the story of one of the most infamous books ever written, The Anarchist Cookbook, and the role it's played in the life of its author, now 65, who wrote it at the age of 19 in the midst of the counter-culture upheaval of the late 1960s and early ‘70s.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "American Anarchist" makes for unsatisfying viewing, although it's possible it couldn't have been otherwise. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Mar 23, 2017

Fresh: "American Anarchist" delivers a fascinating cautionary tale that asks, "How many mea culpas are we expected to make for our reckless youth?" – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Mar 23, 2017

Fresh: Siskel's movie - flawed, somewhat limited but never dull - makes Powell eat his words and then, in metaphorical terms, write the restaurant review. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Apr 13, 2017

Fresh: Unnerving ... – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Mar 23, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Poor choice

Producer, writer,& director Charlie Siskel chose to create a film that correlated the violent actions of terrorists & the mentally ill w/ a book a 19-year-old kid wrote in the turmoil of the 1960's. Mr. Siskel chose to bully a 65-year-old man about his misguided youth, using shame & blame, rather than concentrating on the lessons learned & the humanitarian life that William Powell choose to lead in the aftermath of his challenging upbringing. Mr. Powell died shortly after making this film,& I hope Mr. Siskel is as hard on himself as he was on Mr. Powell when correlating deaths to specific events.

Blame & shame are nothing new in mainstream media, but, outside of the boredom of Mr. Siskel's poor choice, I just felt gross watching an old man get bullied for over an hour.

American Anarchist
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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