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Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Reviews

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June 6, 2016
Engaging and challenging in moments, it stumbles to the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 14, 2015
It seems to exist only because Wrathall had the footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2014
...a smart and entertaining movie that can fairly be described as fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
July 7, 2014
[Filmmaker Nicholas D. Wrathall] couldn't have asked for a more striking scene than the one in which the writer shows him the grave he plans to occupy (beside his longtime companion, Howard Austen, who died in 2003).
July 2, 2014
He was the ultimate insider who shaped himself into the epitome of the pesky outsider.
June 29, 2014
Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall takes viewers on a brisk, amusing promenade through Vidal's enviable life: wealthy, globe-hopping, pals of the talented and famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 stars
June 26, 2014
Vidal was our last great Roman senator, mourning the republic as he gazed at a corrupt empire. "Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to," he said, "I look into my own black heart."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 12, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
June 6, 2014
Remarkably enjoyable, even joyous, the film chronicles Vidal's life from his privileged beginnings, his years at some of the country's most elite prep schools, and his shocking decision to join the Army instead of attend college.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 5, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
June 4, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2014
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.
June 2, 2014
The Gadfly Speaks
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2014
It does a great job of collecting Vidal's Wildean aphorisms on class, democracy and liberty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2014
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.
May 22, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
Mostly for those already fascinated by Vidal's colorful life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2014
It's an admittedly hagiographic film, an unabashed celebration of the man and his work and worldview. The few mild naysayers are largely set up to be knocked down, but as such the film is invigorating.
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