Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson
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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson
Alex Gibney (director of (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) turns his attention from corporate scandal to Gonzo journalism with this tribute to the libido-driven, Wild Turkey-swilling writer who never knew the meaning of the word "excess." Comprised largely of never-before-seen archival materials, Gibney's film focuses on the years between 1965 and 1975, when Hunter S. Thompson was truly firing on all cylinders. Rare home movies, audiotapes, and excerpts from unpublished manuscripts combine to paint an affectionate portrait to the wild-eyed father of Gonzo journalism. ~ Jason… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The film's plea that we need Thompson now more than ever is a little misty-eyed: Thompson's day was long gone by the time he put a gun to his head."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Too much time in this overly long film is spent on minutiae."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Thompson is dead but his skepticism survives. In the land of endless corruption, the muckraker is king, if only in the moral sense."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Gonzo's brilliance is in showing Thompson warts and all, without taking anything away from his greatness even as it shows his many deficiencies."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"A definitive, accessible, even inspiring screen biography put together with thought and vitality."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Gonzo is an excellent reminder that Thompson was more than just a wild man. He was, at least for a time, a first-rate writer who covered his times and helped shape them."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Filmmaker Alex Gibney had access to those who knew the guy, the famous, the infamous and the obscure, and he paints a picture of a serious journalist who saw himself documenting 'the death of the American Dream.'"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This movie has confirmed my suspicion that people need to leave Hunter S. Thompson's story alone for a while."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Alex Gibney's documentary about bad boy journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is both a memorial exaltation and a lament. Gibney's masterful style balances verite and dramatic effect. He doesn't doesn't tell you what to think, but spurs you to think."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"Much like the man himself, it's quite a piece of work."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"The worshipfulness obscures the sadder aspects of Thompson's life, which is perhaps why Gibney focuses on the writer's 1965-75 golden years."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Though Thompson's long slide into irrelevance in the 80s and 90s is duly noted, most of the movie covers his glory days during the Vietnam era, when he was arguably the most exciting and important literary talent in America."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Alex Gibney's documentary (aligns) the Gonzo's descent into madness with the decline of American values."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"A colorful documentary about the famed journalist and author, Hunter S. Thompson, spiced up with movie clips of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and other works based on Thompson's writings."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Gonzo is much more than a tribute to a maverick and genuine pioneer. It's a lament for the gaping hole that Thompson left behind. The only obvious weakness is Gibney's reluctance to engage fully with Thompson's toxic personal life."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
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