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

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Thompson is dead but his skepticism survives. In the land of endless corruption, the muckraker is king, if only in the moral sense.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Mike Edwards
What Culture

This movie has confirmed my suspicion that people need to leave Hunter S. Thompson's story alone for a while.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2011
Simon Foster

Alex Gibney's documentary (aligns) the Gonzo's descent into madness with the decline of American values.

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August 9, 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 Source: DCist | Original Score: 7.7/10

June 12, 2010
Jennifer Merin

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 Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 26, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

February 5, 2009
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

A definitive, accessible, even inspiring screen biography put together with thought and vitality.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2008
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

December 19, 2008
Richard Luck

Much like the man himself, it's quite a piece of work.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 19, 2008
James Christopher
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

December 19, 2008
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

December 19, 2008
Chris Hicks
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

December 19, 2008
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

December 19, 2008
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]

Crackingly entertaining documentary.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

December 19, 2008
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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."

Full Review Source: Financial Times

December 19, 2008
Anthony Quinn

This soft-headed hagiography is a disappointment, and at least half an hour too long.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

December 19, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2008
Matthew Turner

Superbly directed, hugely entertaining documentary that's a treat for both newcomers and aficionados of Thompson's work.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 19, 2008
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