The Best of Enemies

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The Best of Enemies has the best of intentions, but they're derailed by a problematic perspective and a disappointing lack of insight.

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Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Cast

Taraji P. Henson
as Ann Atwater
Sam Rockwell
as Claiborne Paul Ellis
Babou Ceesay
as Bill Riddick
Anne Heche
as Mary Ellis
Wes Bentley
as Floyd Kelly
Nick Searcy
as Garland Keith
John Gallagher Jr.
as Lee Trombley
Bruce McGill
as Councilman Carvie Oldham
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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (36)

  • Instead of three-dimensional characters, The Best of Enemies gives us two wax figures in a cardboard town, and they're all at the mercy of Bissel as a writer/director.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

    Matt Cipolla

    The Spool
    Top Critic
  • Another movie where black people have the burden of making racists understand they are human beings.

    January 10, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

    Julian Lytle

    idobi.com
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  • You know how this movie will play out, but it's educational.

    November 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's predictable and conventional, but it has some powerful moments.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [It's] staggeringly lengthy and even though this is a true story, the film lacks imagination.

    July 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • At a horrific point in U.S. history, The Best of Enemies is accomplished enough to allow its humanist message to shine through without any interference.

    July 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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