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  • Summary: Controversial, brilliant, and ever entertaining, the late Gore Vidal recalls his remarkable life as America’s most outspoken intellectual superstar in this illuminating, up close and personal documentary. Through intimate interviews with Vidal himself, as well as friends and colleagues like Tim Robbins and Christopher Hitchens, the film reveals how the charismatic cultural critic used the media to wage blistering attacks on hypocrisy and establishment politics. Vidal is witty, unsentimental, and enlightening as ever in this definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating personalities of the last century. [IFC Films] Expand
  • Director: Nicholas D. Wrathall
  • Genre(s): Biography, History, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 83 min
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 12, 2014
    90
    This superb documentary captures Gore Vidal in all his ever-articulate glory.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    May 20, 2014
    90
    It's an admittedly hagiographic film, an unabashed celebration of the man and his work and worldview. The few mild naysayers are largely set up to be knocked down, but as such the film is invigorating.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 22, 2014
    90
    Heavily seasoned with epigrams worthy of Oscar Wilde, this entertaining documentary portrays Vidal as a pessimistic political prophet with streaks of paranoia and misanthropy, but a truth teller nonetheless.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 21, 2014
    75
    The film, like the man, is never boring.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    May 12, 2014
    70
    The grounding material here is with the elderly Vidal himself... Unfailingly witty and devastatingly insightful, he personifies that near-extinct species — the public intellectual.
  6. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    May 19, 2014
    63
    The unbalanced appraisal of Vidal's life and work in Nicholas Wrathall's documentary diminishes the effect of the writer's engaging dissension of American political policy.
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    May 20, 2014
    50
    With its autumnal, end-of-days feeling, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia ends up serving as a capably assembled but deeply felt obituary for both its title subject and the late Hitchens.

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  1. Jun 19, 2014
    9
    Wow, Gore Vital is unflappable in the face of the many disappointments and challenges in his life. His courage to speak out and question the status quo of the American lifestyle is cleverly portrayed throughout this movie. Clearly he was a man of great insight, charm, writing still and influence so that few can compare. His criticisms of past US Presidents was both accurate and often hilarious. If you'd like to find out who this man was and his place in US History, this is the film to see. Cheers! Expand