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The Best of Enemies Reviews

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January 16, 2020
Instead of three-dimensional characters, The Best of Enemies gives us two wax figures in a cardboard town, and they're all at the mercy of Bissel as a writer/director.
January 10, 2020
Another movie where black people have the burden of making racists understand they are human beings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 21, 2019
You know how this movie will play out, but it's educational.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2019
It's predictable and conventional, but it has some powerful moments.
July 25, 2019
[It's] staggeringly lengthy and even though this is a true story, the film lacks imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 20, 2019
At a horrific point in U.S. history, The Best of Enemies is accomplished enough to allow its humanist message to shine through without any interference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 4, 2019
By acutely observing the process, by letting each compromise sink in for the character, and for us, it becomes a kind of catharsis for the characters as they find their way, and for us to hope for the better angels of everyone's nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2019
Takes a micro rather than a macro look at racism in America, (but) avoids many of the pitfalls that Green Book fell into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2019
While it too often lacks the courage to follow through on its convictions, the film is stirring and heartfelt enough to get the point across.
May 3, 2019
All we get of the charrette in the film is a briskly paced montage set to music of black and white participants talking, eating meals, debating, drafting proposals, and voting. We barely hear any of their actual conversations.
April 26, 2019
"The Best of Enemies" not only has two of my favorite actors in the lead roles, but their performances are spot-on without being caricatures.
April 14, 2019
And while the actors do good work, nobody is really stepping outside their comfort zone here. Neither will white audiences be pushed anywhere they don't want to go, or haven't been already.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 12, 2019
Enough of the film works -- even when it's as predictable as they come -- that you'll likely be okay going along for the ride down this familiar path. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
April 12, 2019
By the end, it really pulled off what it needed to, and had that emotional punch.
April 12, 2019
But like Peter Farrelly's road-trip dramedy, Bissell's film stretches and flattens history in ways big and small.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2019
A trip into a past-not a distant past, less than 50 years, but one that is increasingly unrecognizable-and an artful reminder of the possibilities of change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2019
It's exactly what you expect without, well, being exactly what you expect.
April 11, 2019
Another Oscar bait film that sidelines their POC lead in order to make a problematic KKK leader sympathetic.
April 11, 2019
Comparisons will inevitably be made to Green Book for its upbeat vibe, but in terms of serious craft and admirable aspirations, this film is more in the league of 42 and Selma.
April 10, 2019
With the evolving relationship between Rockwell and Henson in the driver seat, it's hard to resist the sentiment of what "The Best of Enemies" puts together.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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