The Best of Enemies Reviews

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.
Top Critic
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.
April 5, 2019
Bissell's fudging of the facts (which includes completely making up the reasons behind the charrette) doesn't create a story that's more insightful or dramatically cohesive than the real thing.
April 5, 2019
While The Best of Enemies may be met by stinging criticism from the far left and far right (for different reasons), those with centrist leanings will appreciate it for what it is (as opposed to for what it isn't).
April 5, 2019
This movie isn't just tone-deaf, it's ass backwards. Did the filmmakers read the room before dropping this insulting malarkey into theaters?
April 5, 2019
"The Best of Enemies" may have the best of intentions, but a 2002 documentary, "An Unlikely Friendship," offers a more illuminating look at this surprising chapter in history.