The Brink Reviews

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July 19, 2019
While The Brink highlights Steve's hypocrisy and thinly veiled racism early on, what shows [director Alison] Klayman's restraint and talents as a filmmaker, is also the balance she gives.
July 17, 2019
The whole affair is as intriguing as it is blood curdling, but the longer the viewer stares, the more difficult it becomes to take it all in as a spectator.
July 15, 2019
The film is a compelling, concerning artefact which shows demagoguery in action, without coming across as heavy-handed.
July 15, 2019
Klayman's intimate footage captures this: his temper; his pathological lying; his repeated use of the dog-whistle racism and anti-Semitism echoed by terrorists and extremists.
July 14, 2019
It's unsavoury viewing - flies on the wall are rarely attracted by the sweet smell of roses after all - but it's queasily fascinating nonetheless.
July 13, 2019
The degree of access he allows Klayman would be regarded as folly by most, yet is clearly intended to impress and disarm.
July 12, 2019
What emerges from Klayman's film is how very important Brexit Britain is as a self-vivisecting research animal in Bannon's experimental thinking.
July 11, 2019
Klayman is not sympathetic to Bannon. That is obvious. But by slavishly following him from one meeting to another she has not only made a fairly dull and repetitive film, but is also serving the ideological machine and feeding the beast.
July 11, 2019
It's not a film that's going to change minds, and it has been produced to be consumed by Bannon's enemies rather than his friends.
July 10, 2019
The Brink gives us an intimate look at a man who is essentially nothing more than a brilliant salesman, pitching his ideas to those who will listen, shunning those who will not, and being offered a frankly terrifying amount of money to do so.
July 10, 2019
While [Alison] Klayman is clearly no fan, she rarely challenges [Steve] Bannon on camera, possibly realising it's a waste of time.
July 9, 2019
Even only as a cautionary tale, it has something to offer.
June 17, 2019
[The Brink's] observational style is undoubtedly problematic. Despite this, the film's behind-the-scenes focus on the rise of European fascism makes for important, if nerve-jangling, viewing.
June 8, 2019
The Brink gives him space to breathe and in doing so affords the audience a glimpse into what makes him tick.
June 3, 2019
This is, at best, morally slippery film-making.
May 30, 2019
The Brink is a must-see at this crucial juncture in politics.
May 17, 2019
If there's one other silver lining to Klayman's unfiltered view of Bannon, it's that the subject frequently remarks that he's a religious man, which means he's inevitably going to hell.
May 10, 2019
An essential documentary that helps explain today's politics (and perhaps tomorrow's) around the world. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 8, 2019
Klayman's choice to just follow Bannon closely and let him do the talking makes THE BRINK one chilling ride.
April 26, 2019
Well-crafted cinema verité -- equally engaging and enraging.
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