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

March 5, 2021
Thompson shot himself in despair. The critical issue, which the film sidesteps, is the utterly moribund state of American liberalism.
March 24, 2011
This movie has confirmed my suspicion that people need to leave Hunter S. Thompson's story alone for a while.
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."
December 19, 2008
This soft-headed hagiography is a disappointment, and at least half an hour too long.
October 18, 2008
[Gibney] is never quite able to get beyond the familiar in order to give viewers a new and penetrating look at the subject of Thompson and his work.
October 18, 2008
Too much time in this overly long film is spent on minutiae.
July 18, 2008
I was curious to see why we needed a two-hour documentary about the three-hit wonder who cast away his career halfway through life and coasted on celebrity status for 30 years. After seeing Gonzo, I'm still not convinced we do.
July 11, 2008
If you really want to understand and appreciate [Thompson], you'd be better off reading his books.
July 4, 2008
Alex Gibney's documentary can't decide if it's a eulogy for fans or a primer for acquaintances.
July 3, 2008
The documentary doubles as a jukebox of banality.
July 3, 2008
'Gonzo' banks on an adolescent delight in seeing the debunking of the powers that be, but, like Thompson's run for office, that's of no help in the final tally.
July 2, 2008
Multiple phantasmagorical scenes from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas often reduce Gonzo to an over-spiced pudding of pastiche and talking heads. Matters are hardly helped with some cloying musical interludes.
June 23, 2008
...A film that preserves Thompson's words verbatim but only occasionally taps into the restless spirit that fueled them.
January 22, 2008
Never really lives up to its title.