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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+
May 19, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2015
It seems to exist only because Wrathall had the footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2014
Mostly for those already fascinated by Vidal's colorful life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 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 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
February 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
October 11, 2013
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.
July 11, 2014
...a smart and entertaining movie that can fairly be described as fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
July 2, 2014
He was the ultimate insider who shaped himself into the epitome of the pesky outsider.
August 15, 2013
...as much as it admires Vidal's last-lion status, the film never bows down in complete obeisance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 15, 2014
Fabulous profile of the American author/commentator/troublemaker, filmed shortly before his death in 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2013
'United States of Amnesia' comes not to bury Vidal but to praise him right to the rafters
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 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.
May 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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 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.
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