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The Best of Enemies Reviews

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May 17, 2019
Takes a micro rather than a macro look at racism in America, (but) avoids many of the pitfalls that Green Book fell into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
But like Peter Farrelly's road-trip dramedy, Bissell's film stretches and flattens history in ways big and small.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
April 10, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 10, 2019
To give ally cookies to a former Klan president because he no longer believes Black people are "evil and dirty" is breathtaking. To reduce Ann's story to her friendship with this man as "a more important story," is even more so.
April 10, 2019
Sturdy, over-simplified melodrama, delivering a maudlin, feel-good message.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 10, 2019
How you get a Klan leader's heart to grow three sizes one day is a pretty tall order that The Best of Enemies does in the most expedient and predictable ways possible.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 9, 2019
A shiny, shallow trinket based on true events that, in the hands of first-time feel-good filmmaker Robin Bissell, seem made-up.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 9, 2019
[An] affecting but flatly received desegregation drama. The Best of Enemies feels unevenly pat and plays it rather safe without exploring the racially charged obstacles with a more pronounced grittiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2019
The Best of Enemies is a lesson in empathy-listening to and understanding your enemies...whomever they may be, whether political or personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
April 8, 2019
This tale of a KKK president seeing the error of his ways-and bonding with a civil-right activist-feels all kinds of wrong.
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