The Best of Enemies Reviews

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April 12, 2019
But like Peter Farrelly's road-trip dramedy, Bissell's film stretches and flattens history in ways big and small.
April 11, 2019
Comparisons will inevitably be made to Green Book for its upbeat vibe, but in terms of serious craft and admirable aspirations, this film is more in the league of 42 and Selma.
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April 5, 2019
It's impossible to ignore that the film is yet another Hollywood narrative of racial reconciliation centered on a white protagonist-and worse, it's one that seems much more interested in the Klan's white targets than its black ones.
April 5, 2019
The film travels such an obvious path and falls into such a predictable rhythm, it doesn't quite carry the emotional resonance such a powerful true-life story should convey.
April 5, 2019
Bissell, from the start, is interested in perpetrators, not victims, in illustrations of plot points, not curiosity about context.
April 5, 2019
The kind of easy-to-digest pablum that provides emotional catharsis and a safe space for white liberals to tut disapprovingly at racism.
July 25, 2019
[It's] staggeringly lengthy and even though this is a true story, the film lacks imagination.
July 20, 2019
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 5, 2019
By acutely observing the process, by letting each compromise sink in for the character, and for us, it becomes a kind of catharsis for the characters as they find their way, and for us to hope for the better angels of everyone's nature.
May 18, 2019
Takes a micro rather than a macro look at racism in America, (but) avoids many of the pitfalls that Green Book fell into.
May 10, 2019
While it too often lacks the courage to follow through on its convictions, the film is stirring and heartfelt enough to get the point across.
May 3, 2019
All we get of the charrette in the film is a briskly paced montage set to music of black and white participants talking, eating meals, debating, drafting proposals, and voting. We barely hear any of their actual conversations.
April 26, 2019
"The Best of Enemies" not only has two of my favorite actors in the lead roles, but their performances are spot-on without being caricatures.
April 14, 2019
And while the actors do good work, nobody is really stepping outside their comfort zone here. Neither will white audiences be pushed anywhere they don't want to go, or haven't been already.
April 12, 2019
Enough of the film works -- even when it's as predictable as they come -- that you'll likely be okay going along for the ride down this familiar path. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
April 12, 2019
By the end, it really pulled off what it needed to, and had that emotional punch.
April 12, 2019
A trip into a past-not a distant past, less than 50 years, but one that is increasingly unrecognizable-and an artful reminder of the possibilities of change.
April 11, 2019
It's exactly what you expect without, well, being exactly what you expect.
April 11, 2019
Another Oscar bait film that sidelines their POC lead in order to make a problematic KKK leader sympathetic.
April 11, 2019
With the evolving relationship between Rockwell and Henson in the driver seat, it's hard to resist the sentiment of what "The Best of Enemies" puts together.
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