Meeting Gorbachev Reviews

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May 22, 2020
On the face of it, this could be quite a hard sell, but it's not and the reason for that is the approach taken to questioning. It's not about dryly what happened and instead how Gorbachev feels about it.
February 26, 2020
The film tends to move laterally between private memory, public spectacle, kitsch newscasts, and pithy historical asides. It portrays nostalgic recreations of a lost country with a faintly surreal, dreamlike texture.
January 22, 2020
Werner Herzog has a knack for unearthing colourful characters with fascinating stories.
January 21, 2020
Meeting Gorbachev is neither shocking nor provocative, but it certainly provides a window into the former world leader, as well as Herzog himself.
January 17, 2020
Aside from Herzog's sinewy delivery, much of Meeting Gorbachev feels like a regurgitated textbook with lots to recount but not much to say.
November 11, 2019
Werner Herzog never quite recovers from having his opening question slapped down in this fitfully revealing, but always intriguing encounter with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
November 11, 2019
Herzog may usher his subject through a kind of swansong lifetime achievement testimony, but Meeting Gorbachev is also a film about the dying of the light...
November 11, 2019
[A] succinct and intimate documentary.
November 11, 2019
It's fascinating and moving.
November 11, 2019
Herzog captures a moment in history when, for a moment, it genuinely seemed as if the good guys had won.
November 11, 2019
Leave it to Werner Herzog. The iconoclastic German film-maker ditches the documentary rule book for this intimate profile of the 88-year-old former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
November 8, 2019
For all [its] flaws, Meeting Gorbachev remains a fascinating study of a remarkable life.
November 8, 2019
Despite the film's obvious interest, it is a bit conceited and stately, a little like Wim Wenders' movie about Pope Francis, though without the sycophancy. Or almost.
November 8, 2019
Running through Gorbachev's life story and the seismic political changes he oversaw, Herzog frames him as a tragic figure whose decency and genuineness was his undoing - a pretty bleak but necessary reminder of how easily good work can be reversed.
November 8, 2019
Alas, the sweets do not have sugar but they are at least chocolates.
November 7, 2019
An important and interesting documentary about tumultuous times, then, but one that slightly suffers for being a touch too dry and over-friendly towards its subject.
November 6, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev a Werner Herzog documentary with a difference: it could be a documentary by anyone. It is that maddeningly bland.
November 5, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev is a valuable encounter with someone who operated on the frontline of politics with a sense of honour and the best of intentions. It is also a reminder that even the greatest of leaders is only human.
November 5, 2019
Herzog and Singer have assembled a riveting and moving portrait of Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet president and arguably the greatest living politician, guided by Herzog's mellifluous voice and gently probing interview style.
September 28, 2019
[Werner Herzog] is the perfect person to direct this movie... He brings a certain deep, deep truthfulness and verisimilitude.
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