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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.
April 26, 2019
It's a valuable summary of a uniquely transformative global figure about whom I knew very little aside from jokes from The Simpsons and SNL. But I was a bit disappointed at how routine it all felt.
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 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+
April 30, 2019
It's yet another documentary targeted primarily at people who don't like to read.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 9, 2019
[N]either man seems to be on the other's wavelength.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev plays like a fireside chat between two world-weary figures whose major life experiences were formed and molded in a different, more chaotic era.
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 17, 2019
Herzog is the ultimate fanboy, alternately slopping sugar on Gorbachev then asking leading questions and cornering him.
May 2, 2019
As comprehensive as most of his works, it engages even as it veers towards hagiography. Herzog is clearly smitten, and hopes we are, too.
September 12, 2018
Still, Herzog is quite correct in his characterization when he cites the Greek concept of kairos: the right man for the right moment.
September 10, 2018
Gorbachev turns out to be one of the most fascinating political figures of our time. All thanks to Herzog's keen eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 17, 2018
Herzog has a knack for extracting pithy, poetic responses from his subjects, but here he outdoes himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 2, 2019
The story Herzog tells is resolutely individualist, a tragedy centered on a great man.
September 21, 2018
"Meeting Gorbachev," though consistently engaging, is less a fireworks display than a fireside chat, and so feels curiously like an opportunity missed.
May 3, 2019
So deeply fascinating that there's nothing else the filmmakers could have done to spice it up. Herzog and Gorbachev could have joined forces to halt an alien invasion and invent time travel, and it still wouldn't have packed the same wallop.
September 4, 2018
It's ultimately because of Gorbachev's seeming unwillingness to fit the director's usual mold that Meeting Gorbachev is able to become such a different and engaging bio-doc.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 2, 2019
As interviewers -- and filmmakers -- go, Mr. Herzog is one of a kind, his searching curiosity complemented by his instantly recognizable German accent. His new film, he goes out of his way to note, is a love letter.
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 1, 2019
Werner Herzog's documentary is a rare example of the arch ironist's capacity to be awed not by nature but by man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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