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Reviews: Best of Enemies (2015)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: In terms of its exploration of these two bitter archrivals, of how two men who were both similar and radically different altered the American political landscape, Best of Enemies proves an excellent film.
  • [New – 2/18/16] | Sean Axmaker @ Stream On Demand
    • Excerpt: As Christopher Hitchens puts it, “There’s nothing feigned about their mutual animosity. They really do despise each other.”
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: 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?
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A documentary about the exchanges that started the trend of shouting matches passing themselves off as political talk.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Cowriter/directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville show how to take one notorious flashpoint lasting less than 30 seconds from a debate of almost 14 minutes and spiral outwards to build a compelling story.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: If the idea of two erudite minds with diametrically opposed ideologies duking it out in the intellectual arena sounds exciting to you, then see this movie.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A brilliant, hilarious, exhilarating look at the Gore Vidal v. William F. Buckley paradigm-busting 1968 debates that changed TV journalism for the worse.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Come see an extinct art – political eloquence
  • Dan Lybarger @
    • Excerpt: As Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s new documentary Best of Enemies recounts, the two men’s mutual disgust for each other and the values the other embodied ended up changing political discussions in this country permanently.
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: What’s depicted is a war of politics on live TV with anointed generals leading the charge. It’s Far Right versus Far Left personally attacking the other rather than their party with gleeful grins and embellished shock and it’s as captivating now as it surely was then for someone like me who wasn’t born to experience it.
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: The film uses a few talking heads, including Buckley’s brother James, and Christopher Hitchens, and various biographers; and passages from Vidal’s and Buckley’s writings are voiced by John Lithgow and Kelsey Grammer, respectively. But it is the verbal bloodletting from the two principals that is the main event.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Television stops imitating life and becomes it in the first reality show of all time.
Updated: February 18, 2016 — 9:53 pm
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