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Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Reviews

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Wes Greene
Slant Magazine

The unbalanced appraisal of Vidal's life and work in Nicholas Wrathall's documentary diminishes the effect of the writer's engaging dissension of American political policy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 19, 2014
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Mostly for those already fascinated by Vidal's colorful life.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2014
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It is especially odd, given the movie's subtitle, that "Gore Vidal" takes so long to get around to explaining the roots of Vidal's famous cynicism about this country's politics.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 5, 2014
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Asked at the film's conclusion what he expects his legacy will be, he replies, "I couldn't care less," ornery to the last. Viewers who encounter him for the first time through this film will no doubt share the sentiment.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 12, 2014
Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Vidal proves a great one for carving up sacred cows - the Founders, Lincoln, Kennedy, The New York Times, and on occasion, the most holy bovine of the self.

Full Review Source: San Diego Reader | Original Score: 2/5

June 4, 2014
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

The film has such flavour that it will inspire you to dust off, or a new generation to seek out Vidal's work.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 13, 2014
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

Admirers of Vidal's work will find much to like in this entertaining biographical treatment, one that will also no doubt inspire a whole new generation of fans.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: B

March 3, 2014
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

Wrathall's absorbing account tells of a man born into wealth and privilege, who'd later denounce his class as a ruling elite and the republic of his birth as a cradle robbing Empire, addicted, post-1941, to perpetual war in the name of perpetual peace.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

October 11, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a smart and entertaining movie that can fairly be described as fun.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 89/100

July 11, 2014
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

He was the ultimate insider who shaped himself into the epitome of the pesky outsider.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

July 2, 2014
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters much as it admires Vidal's last-lion status, the film never bows down in complete obeisance.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

August 15, 2013

Fabulous profile of the American author/commentator/troublemaker, filmed shortly before his death in 2012.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2014
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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'United States of Amnesia' comes not to bury Vidal but to praise him right to the rafters

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2013
Brian Orndorf

It's not a filling cinematic meal, but juicy morsels of candor and a chance to acquire a deeper appreciation for Vidal's epic ego are worth the price of admission.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

June 11, 2014
Prairie Miller

A compact but cautiously reverential film portrait of the late, brutally eloquent social commentator. While delving into whatever happened to the phenomenon of the literary celebrity, of which Vidal counted himself the last of that breed - and why.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

June 3, 2014
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Wrathall's considered, thorough and thoroughly entertaining film gives not just a sense of the man but also the importance to the world of iconoclasts like him.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 6, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A hugely entertaining biography of one of the great observers of the American century whose witty, bitter obstinance is essential in highlighting how far the U.S. has gone off the rails since WWII.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 22, 2014
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Heavily seasoned with epigrams worthy of Oscar Wilde, this entertaining documentary portrays Vidal as a pessimistic political prophet with streaks of paranoia and misanthropy, but a truth teller nonetheless.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 22, 2014
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It does a great job of collecting Vidal's Wildean aphorisms on class, democracy and liberty.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

May 23, 2014
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2014
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