Best Of Enemies Reviews

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October 11, 2017
It's an entertaining documentary, as well as a very sobering one.
December 4, 2015
This doc about the 10-night series, directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (who won an Oscar last year for Twenty Feet From Stardom), provides an entertaining and, ultimately, depressing peek into TV at a pivotal moment.
August 27, 2015
A smart, engrossing documentary about a political and media moment in the United States in the 1960s; a moment whose resonance is topical and whose reverberations have been enduring.
August 21, 2015
What followed [in the debates] was not so much a clash of well-articulated ideas as a clash of highly articulate persons who regarded ideas as ammunition.
August 14, 2015
Did anyone win? Most say Vidal, since Buckley descended to physical threats. But really, has anyone won in any of this endless bickering?
August 13, 2015
There is something about the siren call of the TV camera that can turn even big thinkers into brawlers. It was true then and it's true now, and "Best of Enemies" serves as a thoroughly enjoyable reminder.
August 13, 2015
For better or for worse, we'll never again see television quite like that documented in the compelling "Best of Enemies" ...
August 13, 2015
Like its two subjects, "Best of Enemies" is lively and smart. Unlike them, it's even-handed.
August 13, 2015
Best of Enemies offers a bracing view of a pivotal time in our recent history, as Vietnam and race riots scarred a nation's soul, and as the Establishment and the Counter Culture exchanged epithets and blows.
August 7, 2015
New documentary explores the public intellectuals' televised spats.
August 6, 2015
It's great television, but it has been available on YouTube for some time now.
August 3, 2015
Vidal vs. Buckley-or, as I prefer to think of it, Alien vs. Predator-has not improved with age. Which combatant you cleave to is beside the point, since both of them teeter on the brink of the insufferable.
August 2, 2015
Best of Enemies leaves you with an overwhelming sense of despair. It's not just a great documentary, it's a vital one.
July 31, 2015
Best of Enemies plays not only as a lively document of an engaging - and insanely entertaining - intellectual rivalry, but as a lament for the very idea of the public intellectual in contemporary life.
July 31, 2015
The film positions those debates as a harbinger of the ideological sword-crossing that has become a staple of TV news. Except what we have now, as opposed to the Vidal-Buckley confrontations, is a lot more yammery than eloquent.
Top Critic
July 31, 2015
Best of Enemies bowls along smartly, with clips from the tapes spiced with intelligently snarky asides from friends and adversaries of the two men, and spliced with archival footage of the tumultuous times they addressed.
July 31, 2015
A timely but unsatisfying exploration of a series of exchanges between conservative Buckley and liberal Vidal makes its case too little and too late.
July 31, 2015
"Best of Enemies" is an undisciplined but still interesting look at those two men, and their extraordinary feud.
July 31, 2015
"The Best of Enemies" provides a rich, extraordinarily fascinating account that's sure to have many viewers' minds constantly shuttling between then and now ...
July 30, 2015
Fleet, brutally funny and ultimately mournful for the lost art of informed public intellectuals brandishing wounding insights, the film is a fizzy bath of expertly organized archival footage and commentary ...
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