Best of Enemies (2015)

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A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.


  • John Lithgow
  • Kelsey Grammer
  • Dick Cavett
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Matt Tyrnauer
  • Ginia Bellafante
  • Sam Tanenhaus
  • Brooke Gladstone
  • Fred Kaplan

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Jul 31, 2015

Provides a rich, extraordinarily fascinating account that’s sure to have many viewers’ minds constantly shuttling between then and now, noting how different certain things about politics and media were in that distant era, yet marveling at how directly those archaic realities led to many of our own.

Metacritic review by Godfrey Cheshire
Godfrey Cheshire
Jul 30, 2015

The news is only important insofar as it helps us understand the world. Best of Enemies, though, is only interested in zooming in to gaze lingeringly at the media’s navel.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Feb 1, 2015

For American viewers of an intellectual/historical persuasion, there could scarcely be any documentary more enticing, scintillating and downright fascinating than Best of Enemies.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter