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June 22, 2020
As entertaining as it is essential, Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville's film depicts the birth of punditry in real-time and shows how its all but drowning out non-biased, exhaustively sourced, good ole fashioned news media.
December 8, 2019
[A] fascinating look not only into this chapter of history but into the driving forces behind Buckley and Vidal and their disdain for each other.
June 4, 2019
There can't be a clearer sign of bad documentary filmmaking than reducing the most substantive part of your film to nothing more than an afterthought.
November 9, 2018
[Director Morgan] Neville and [Robert] Gordon have managed to make politics funny and interesting for the audience at large.
August 22, 2018
Let's thank the media gods this clash of the titans for the ages is being retold by two born entertainers. They have turned first-rate media-driven theater into a great time at the movies. It is, in a word, deeeee-licious.
May 16, 2018
An innocent young person might believe that, not so long ago, America was a latter-day Athens in which political arguments were magnificent in their purity and eloquence... For a useful antidote to this idea, I recommend Best of Enemies.
October 10, 2017
It's an entertaining documentary, as well as a very sobering one.
August 17, 2017
I am sorry to see Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's Best of Enemies being hailed for remembering a golden age when intellectuals fought out profound issues in public.
August 14, 2017
Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's documentary gives us a fascinating glimpse into these famous debates and their historical context.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2017
We may not be able to have our style and substance when it comes to TV debates, but with its glamorous late-1960s backdrop and sure-footed analysis, this documentary sure can.
June 20, 2017
Once Best of Enemies revs to full speed, using debate footage and allowing the adversaries to speak for themselves... , the documentary becomes exceptionally interesting.
July 14, 2016
Anyone interested in political debate and the state of modern television will find Best of Enemies most engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2016
Its goal is primarily to entertain its audience by presenting a chewy compendium of the snittiest sound bites.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 12, 2016
Almost obscenely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 27, 2016
If even these two witty, well-educated, well-mannered men of letters couldn't keep their on-air interactions from degenerating into cheap shots and name-calling, who could?
February 12, 2016
As Christopher Hitchens puts it, "There's nothing feigned about their mutual animosity. They really do despise each other."
January 20, 2016
Simultaneously documenting the on-and-off air sparring matches for audiences too young to remember them, but also chart their place in the history of modern political discourse make this a nourishing and entertaining documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2016
As this sharp, exciting film contends, many unpredictable genies smashed free of their bottles in 1968.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2015
The verbal dexterity of both men is breathtaking to behold as archival footage shows them deploying elaborate syntactical jujitsu to counter and undermine one another's arguments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2015
This doc about the 10-night series, directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (who won an Oscar last year for Twenty Feet From Stardom), provides an entertaining and, ultimately, depressing peek into TV at a pivotal moment.
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