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Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Reviews

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John Fink
The Film Stage
June 6, 2016
Engaging and challenging in moments, it stumbles to the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
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
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
It seems to exist only because Wrathall had the footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 20, 2014
Mostly for those already fascinated by Vidal's colorful life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
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
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
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
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 11, 2014
...a smart and entertaining movie that can fairly be described as fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 2, 2014
He was the ultimate insider who shaped himself into the epitome of the pesky outsider.
Chris Barsanti
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
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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
Brian Orndorf
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
Prairie Miller
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.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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