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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Movie Poster
R In Theaters 07/4/2008 , 119min.
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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
It is to Mr. Gibney's great credit that while he pays due attention to the outsize, cartoonish celebrity persona Thompson fell back on when his literary powers began to wane, this film concentrates on the bold, innovative journalism that secured Thompson's reputation and assures his immortality. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
A mesmerizing look at the mythic quality and anarchic spirit of the irreverent and rabble-rousing journalist. Full Review
Dennis Harvey
Variety
Subject's career being inextricably tied to two extremely entertaining U.S. decades, Gonzo has a wealth of delightful archival footage to draw on, both directly involving Thompson and evoking the cultural landscape around him. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
It's more Thompson-for-beginners than an exhaustive inquiry, but as introductions go, it's thorough and thoughtful. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Instead of pushing for tough answers to difficult questions, this film is content to mythologize Thompson's bad-boy behavior, celebrating things like his willingness to drink a bottle of bourbon a day and go hunting with a submachine gun. Full Review

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