Meeting Gorbachev Reviews

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May 29, 2019
Herzog can be forgiven for his hero worship of the statesman so instrumental in the reunification of Germany, a politician who was born to rural peasants and never forgot that the people come first.
May 24, 2019
Part of Herzog's wonderment at Gorbachev - "one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century," he says - surely has to do with such a rational, placid-appearing man not just surmounting insuperable limits but doing so with world-historical impact.
May 16, 2019
Defining a politician's titan legacy in a singularly unexpected way, Meeting Gorbachev meets its expectations.
May 9, 2019
It's always a treat to hear Herzog's grave Teutonic accent, and for the most part he turns out to be a fairly thoughtful interviewer even if he fails to so much as bring up the name "Putin."
May 7, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev is a hagiography, but it's unafraid to position itself as such; Herzog makes his case proudly and passionately.
May 4, 2019
Historians of the period will learn nothing new from the movie, yet it remains a stirring enterprise, especially when it peers back, beyond the bright public record of Gorbachev's heyday, into the mist of what feels like a distant past.
June 4, 2019
A breezy, engaging look at a profoundly influential historical figure before he passes away.
June 1, 2019
A humanizing portrait can imply some vulnerability. And although we don't get much vulnerability from Gorbachev, Herzog rises up as the accidental, background protagonist of the story.
May 31, 2019
Although Herzog's interviews occasionally yield some interesting tidbits, it feels like the juiciest morsels that could have been plucked from these meetings are left on the vine.
May 31, 2019
As a portrait of one man's impact on an era, from the viewpoint of another who lived through it, it is a fascinating film.
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