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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.
March 8, 2015
By engaging celebrity worship rather than using these figures for deeper claims about media-dominated information cultures, Morgan and Neville reinforce to the very circumstances they outwardly condemn.
August 5, 2015
Best of Enemies' detached, sportish depiction of their feud only explores their influence in the shallowest manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 31, 2015
A timely but unsatisfying exploration of a series of exchanges between conservative Buckley and liberal Vidal makes its case too little and too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
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.
September 11, 2015
Sadly, for a film at least partially about the impact of evening news and political coverage, little importance is given to the actual political content as compared to the results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 3, 2015
Vidal vs. Buckley-or, as I prefer to think of it, Alien vs. Predator-has not improved with age. Which combatant you cleave to is beside the point, since both of them teeter on the brink of the insufferable.
August 6, 2015
It's great television, but it has been available on YouTube for some time now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
November 9, 2018
[Director Morgan] Neville and [Robert] Gordon have managed to make politics funny and interesting for the audience at large.
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
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.
June 12, 2016
Almost obscenely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 27, 2015
Best of Enemies is a spellbinding story, a poignant tale of foibles among greatness, and a vivid portrait of events that were like the year they occurred -- a stark line between what was, and what thereafter would be.
August 27, 2015
The film revolves around the famous feud between political pundits Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. It feeds our urge to be flies on the wall in the midst of such a fight. And it sheds light on why we all share that dark desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2015
Terrific archival clips of the debates, spot-on talking head commentaries from familiar well-loved, far cooler urbane heads from Jack Paar and Dick Cavett to Christopher Hitchens. What a fun ride!
March 17, 2015
Reminiscent of When We Were Kings, Neville and Gordon set up the prize fight and then let the two intellectual heavyweights deliver the blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2015
Best Of Enemies does a good job of framing the ten debates with modern talking-head interviews... in their socio-economic context while relating it to ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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