Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Thompson is dead but his skepticism survives. In the land of endless corruption, the muckraker is king, if only in the moral sense.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
This movie has confirmed my suspicion that people need to leave Hunter S. Thompson's story alone for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
Alex Gibney's documentary (aligns) the Gonzo's descent into madness with the decline of American values.
June 12, 2010
Gonzo's brilliance is in showing Thompson warts and all, without taking anything away from his greatness even as it shows his many deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
Jennifer Merin
About.com
May 26, 2009
Alex Gibney's documentary about bad boy journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is both a memorial exaltation and a lament. Gibney's masterful style balances verite and dramatic effect. He doesn't doesn't tell you what to think, but spurs you to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 5, 2009
A colorful documentary about the famed journalist and author, Hunter S. Thompson, spiced up with movie clips of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and other works based on Thompson's writings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
December 19, 2008
A definitive, accessible, even inspiring screen biography put together with thought and vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 19, 2008
The film's plea that we need Thompson now more than ever is a little misty-eyed: Thompson's day was long gone by the time he put a gun to his head.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Richard Luck
Film4
December 19, 2008
Much like the man himself, it's quite a piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
December 19, 2008
Gonzo is much more than a tribute to a maverick and genuine pioneer. It's a lament for the gaping hole that Thompson left behind. The only obvious weakness is Gibney's reluctance to engage fully with Thompson's toxic personal life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 19, 2008
This documentary about his life by Alex Gibney, though entertaining in many ways, is oddly uninterested in his strengths or otherwise as a writer, the very gift for which Thompson earnestly wished to be known.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
December 19, 2008
Director Alex Gibney has plundered 200 hours of audiotapes, hundreds of photos and personal testimony from an impressive roster of Thompson's colleagues and family to put together an even-handed portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Total Film
December 19, 2008
A straight-line journey through the good doctor's loopy myth and madness, but one that doesn't push far enough into uncharted territory. Fine as a primer, but Gibney leans more towards admiration than examination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 19, 2008
The film is content to laugh affectionately at Thompson's bad boy exploits, giggle at the impatience of a man who went hunting boar with a sub machine-gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 19, 2008
Crackingly entertaining documentary.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 19, 2008
Thompson must be looking down, or up, from his afterworld thinking: "The worst success is a failure to keep alive the spirit of offendedness and outrage."
Anthony Quinn
Independent
December 19, 2008
This soft-headed hagiography is a disappointment, and at least half an hour too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 19, 2008
Gibney says the film took so much out of him that he limped into the Sundance Festival with a ruptured disc, a green liver and spots in his eyes that will not disappear. I hope he now thinks it worth the trouble. I'm pretty sure watchers will.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 19, 2008
Superbly directed, hugely entertaining documentary that's a treat for both newcomers and aficionados of Thompson's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 19, 2008
With a wealth of archive material, documentary filmmaker Gibney assembles a remarkably astute and comprehensive look at the life of one of the most notorious journalists in American history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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