Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia
Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014)

No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 23, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2015
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Filmmaker Nicholas D. Wrathall] couldn't have asked for a more striking scene than the one in which the writer shows him the grave he plans to occupy (beside his longtime companion, Howard Austen, who died in 2003).

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

Engaging and challenging in moments, it stumbles to the challenge.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Vidal was our last great Roman senator, mourning the republic as he gazed at a corrupt empire. "Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to," he said, "I look into my own black heart."

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Remarkably enjoyable, even joyous, the film chronicles Vidal's life from his privileged beginnings, his years at some of the country's most elite prep schools, and his shocking decision to join the Army instead of attend college.

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Rob Gonsalves

It seems to exist only because Wrathall had the footage.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Asked at the film's conclusion what he expects his legacy will be, he replies, "I couldn't care less," ornery to the last. Viewers who encounter him for the first time through this film will no doubt share the sentiment.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It is especially odd, given the movie's subtitle, that "Gore Vidal" takes so long to get around to explaining the roots of Vidal's famous cynicism about this country's politics.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a smart and entertaining movie that can fairly be described as fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
I've been really into biographical documentaries lately. This one, available on Netflix, is done with a variety of clever archival clips and photos, and… More
Walter M.
Rare is the documentary like this one that is entertaining, informative and thought-provoking, with a particular highlight being the debates between Gore Vidal… More