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The Best of Enemies Reviews

September 26, 2019
It's predictable and conventional, but it has some powerful moments.
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 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.
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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
The film travels such an obvious path and falls into such a predictable rhythm, it doesn't quite carry the emotional resonance such a powerful true-life story should convey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 5, 2019
Bissell, from the start, is interested in perpetrators, not victims, in illustrations of plot points, not curiosity about context.
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.
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 5, 2019
While The Best of Enemies may be met by stinging criticism from the far left and far right (for different reasons), those with centrist leanings will appreciate it for what it is (as opposed to for what it isn't).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
"The Best of Enemies" may have the best of intentions, but a 2002 documentary, "An Unlikely Friendship," offers a more illuminating look at this surprising chapter in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2019
This sturdy drama has the good sense to recognize that allyship is only valuable when it's hard.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Strong performances and a strange-but-true story keep this Civil Rights drama from succumbing to formula.
April 4, 2019
"The Best of Enemies" is a pleasure to watch, thanks not only to Henson and Rockwell, but also to the meticulous recreation of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2019
I like this movie, especially now, because it puts a premium... on finding compromise and resolution the hard way: by getting to know your ideological adversary, and then doing something about what needs doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2019
A rock-solid movie: squarely deliberate, a little long and predictable, but honest and thoughtful enough, precise in its period and locale, with very strong performances.
April 4, 2019
[W]hile it lacks the ambition to turn its obvious plot into a film that feels new, it also avoids the pitfalls of moral smugness and stereotyping.
April 4, 2019
The mostly short scenes are often overpowered by pop songs - including incongruous choices from Donovan and David Bowie's back catalogues - and Henson's performance is so broad it verges on farcical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2019
The political moral of the movie is that change happens when the oppressed are nice to their oppressors.