The Best of Enemies Reviews

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January 17, 2020
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 10, 2020
Another movie where black people have the burden of making racists understand they are human beings.
July 25, 2019
[It's] staggeringly lengthy and even though this is a true story, the film lacks imagination.
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 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
But like Peter Farrelly's road-trip dramedy, Bissell's film stretches and flattens history in ways big and small.
April 11, 2019
Another Oscar bait film that sidelines their POC lead in order to make a problematic KKK leader sympathetic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 8, 2019
Ugh, this movie is such a f---ing mess.
April 6, 2019
A promising start quickly descends into troubling formula in The Best of Enemies, wasting two excellent lead performances and a story that could have taken us down innumerable interesting side paths.
April 5, 2019
The Best of Enemies tells the worst of stories, but in its defense, it is competent with memorable moments here and there made by the terrific ensemble
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
Though we know where this odd couple story is going before we even walk into the theater, neither the destination nor the journey are particularly all that interesting
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
It's a competently made film, with a good cast and a solid enough script. But for a film based on an incredible true story of an unlikely friendship, "Enemies" lacks that emotional punch you would expect
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