Meeting Gorbachev Reviews

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 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.
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 2, 2019
The story Herzog tells is resolutely individualist, a tragedy centered on a great man.
May 2, 2019
"Meeting Gorbachev," which Herzog co-directed with frequent collaborator André Singer, is less a journalistic endeavor than an admirer's tour - with room for blackly funny Herzog-ian touches in his choice of archival clip or patently demonic voice-over.