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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Johnny Depp, who paid for the 2005 funeral in which Thompson's ashes were fired out of a cannon, narrates with just the right mix of awe and impertinence. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is thorough and entertaining. It's enthusiastic about his contributions, but it's no hagiography, and it serves as both a celebration and a cautionary tale. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A mesmerizing look at the mythic quality and anarchic spirit of the irreverent and rabble-rousing journalist. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Johnny Depp, who portrayed Thompson's alter-ego in Gilliam's film, provides the narration. If there's hagiography here, it's counterbalanced by biographical truth. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A biographical documentary doesn't get any better than this. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It leaves you wondering, how was it that so many people liked this man who does not seem to have liked himself? show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Like Thompson's work itself, it sometimes feels like a smoke screen, a colorful but distracting, distracted set of pretenses hiding as much as they reveal. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This handsomely mounted documentary takes the same, indulgent tone that at lot of Thompson's friends and associates seem to have had. show more

  • 75
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    An amused and affectionate look at the writer who formed a crucial link between the New Journalism of the 1960s and today's blogosphere. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    It may be impossible to make an uninteresting documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, but is it unfair to ask Gonzo for more Hunter and less Jimmy Carter? show more

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