Meeting Gorbachev Reviews

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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.
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.
May 26, 2019
For once the great Werner Herzog seems impressed.
May 26, 2019
"Meeting Gorbachev" fills you with a renewed appreciation for what the man did to advance world peace, even if it also fortifies the notion that no good deed goes unpunished.
May 24, 2019
Although the result feels somehow incomplete, Herzog makes a persuasive argument that Gorbachev still doesn't get enough credit for his achievements.
May 22, 2019
Particularly given America's current relations with Russia, Meeting Gorbachev feels disarmingly affectionate-"Everything about Gorbachev was genuine," Herzog reflects-but the director never loses his usual clear-eyed gaze.
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