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Meeting Gorbachev Reviews

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May 18, 2019
Mikhail G is an excellent interview subject and Herzog gets some good banter and back and forth with him
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 17, 2019
Herzog is the ultimate fanboy, alternately slopping sugar on Gorbachev then asking leading questions and cornering him.
May 17, 2019
If you're a history fan, this visual document simply can't be missed. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2019
It's like watching someone on a stage giving an overly long introduction to the next speaker while the subject patiently waits a few feet away.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 17, 2019
A gentle, respectful tribute [that] borders on hagiography, but... does offer a decent if one-dimensional biographical sketch of a man who firmly believed in communism, yet inadvertently helped bring about the downfall of the Soviet Union.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 16, 2019
Defining a politician's titan legacy in a singularly unexpected way, Meeting Gorbachev meets its expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2019
Herzog appears far more interested in apologising for his home country's crimes than interrogating Gorbachev over his, something that somewhat robs the film of tension.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 15, 2019
Director Herzog- famous for his films about impossible dreamers - is uniquely qualified to document Gorbachev, the man who dreamed of reinventing the Soviet Union... and ending up triggering its dissolution.
May 15, 2019
Herzog considers Gorbachev one of the greatest and most important politicians of the last half of the 20th century. And the movie - as well as Gorbachev's words - support his premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 10, 2019
A little soft soap is perhaps necessary in some cases to soften politicians up and get them on side, but it's rather too apparent here
May 10, 2019
Herzog and co-director André Singer don't even indulge Gorbachev in the sugar-free chocolate they bring him for his birthday. That's how safe the film is.
May 9, 2019
[N]either man seems to be on the other's wavelength.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2019
Herzog develops an easy, open relationship with Gorbachev which allows him to ask intimate questions beyond the nuts and bolts of history. It's always a pleasure to watch Herzog at work as an interviewer..
May 9, 2019
Two men in the midst of history. Ideals upheld, mistakes admitted.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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."
Full Review | Original Score: B
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 3, 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.
May 3, 2019
The story of his life is told in the long silences, the heavy pauses, the weary sighs and subtle gestures that Herzog provokes and the movie stands as a necessary and important work because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2019
The director's sympathetic attitude toward his subject makes the film that much more damning. Herzog was not seeking to nail Gorbachev... Like other Herzog subjects, the former Soviet leader loosened up enough to reveal more than he intended.
May 3, 2019
What makes Meeting Gorbachev most interesting is the way we see Herzog shape the narrative through his questions, narration, and filmmaking skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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