Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not the comprehensive profile of the man that his die-hard fans might have hoped for, Gonzo remains an insightful introduction to the life of rebellious writer Hunter S. Thompson and his influences.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Too much time in this overly long film is spent on minutiae.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Thompson is dead but his skepticism survives. In the land of endless corruption, the muckraker is king, if only in the moral sense.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.'

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

This movie has confirmed my suspicion that people need to leave Hunter S. Thompson's story alone for a while.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The worshipfulness obscures the sadder aspects of Thompson's life, which is perhaps why Gibney focuses on the writer's 1965-75 golden years.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

Alex Gibney's documentary (aligns) the Gonzo's descent into madness with the decline of American values.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Hunter S. Thompson was one of the most eccentric, unique writers in the literary genre. This is a great documentary about the life and legacy of Hunter S.… More
Michael Gildea
Being a h u g e fan of Thompson's I was eagerly awating Gonzo, but found myself a little disappointed. Johnny Depp's narration seemed sporadic and the… More
Gordon A
Well made and thorough account of Thmpson's bizarre life, if a little enthrall to the myth and very sympathetic to his vast shortcomings.
Alice Shen
A little patchy and cliche but HST (Johnny Depp too) is pretty cool. And props for the picture of Papa Hemingway!
Stella Dallas
a fairly engrossing account of the life and times of the eccentric writer, especially his glory days of the late 60's, early 70's. here was a man who… More
Walter M.
"Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" is a lively and insightful documentary about the late great journalist who exploded the myth of… More

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