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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
April 10, 2019
To give ally cookies to a former Klan president because he no longer believes Black people are "evil and dirty" is breathtaking. To reduce Ann's story to her friendship with this man as "a more important story," is even more so.
April 5, 2019
It's a competently made film, with a good cast and a solid enough script. But for a film based on an incredible true story of an unlikely friendship, "Enemies" lacks that emotional punch you would expect
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 5, 2019
It's 2019. I don't need another White filmmaker telling me another formulaic race related story, especially when its story is entirely centered on the racist!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 11, 2019
Another Oscar bait film that sidelines their POC lead in order to make a problematic KKK leader sympathetic.
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
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 4, 2019
The highest praise I can offer The Best of Enemies is at least it isn't as bad as Green Book.
April 8, 2019
Ugh, this movie is such a f---ing mess.
April 5, 2019
A promising start quickly descends into troubling formula in The Best of Enemies, wasting two excellent lead performances and a story that could have taken us down innumerable interesting side paths.
April 4, 2019
The way the film implores its audience to see the humanity of both Ann's allies and the Klansmen reflects a cringeworthy image of Donald Trump saying, in the aftermath of Charlottesville, that there were "some very fine people on both sides."
April 4, 2019
If nothing else, The Best of Enemies is hampered by the distinct sense that it arrived about 25 years too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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 5, 2019
The Best of Enemies tells the worst of stories, but in its defense, it is competent with memorable moments here and there made by the terrific ensemble
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 5, 2019
The kind of easy-to-digest pablum that provides emotional catharsis and a safe space for white liberals to tut disapprovingly at racism.
Top Critic
April 5, 2019
It's impossible to ignore that the film is yet another Hollywood narrative of racial reconciliation centered on a white protagonist-and worse, it's one that seems much more interested in the Klan's white targets than its black ones.
April 5, 2019
This movie isn't just tone-deaf, it's ass backwards. Did the filmmakers read the room before dropping this insulting malarkey into theaters?
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
April 5, 2019
Bissell's fudging of the facts (which includes completely making up the reasons behind the charrette) doesn't create a story that's more insightful or dramatically cohesive than the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 4, 2019
No doubt the world needs more paeans to tolerance, but movies as ineffectual as "The Best of Enemies" feel profoundly inadequate to the task.
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