• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: May 28, 2019
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 11, 2019
    80
    Beto may not sway viewers who think the rising star has a long way to go before deserving a position higher than the Senate, but it's sure to leave lefties eager for the next chapter in his career.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Mar 11, 2019
    80
    "You already know how it’s gonna end." And yet, Modigliani’s film doesn’t reflect a defeat. ... If it’s an optimistic beginning you’re after, Running With Beto makes for a fine start.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 11, 2019
    75
    This sort of agitprop victory lap has its limitations, and Modigliani’s proficient fly-on-the-wall approach lacks the edge of the greatest campaign documentaries, but much of the movie’s gentler qualities reflect the tenor of O’Rourke’s upbeat campaign itself. Viewed on its own terms, Running With Beto consolidates the feel-good trajectory of O’Rourke’s run into an engaging package that showcases his galvanizing impact up close.
  4. Reviewed by: Megan Garber
    May 28, 2019
    70
    It often has the feel of an infomercial whose miracle product is a lanky resident of El Paso. This, too, is unsurprising. What is striking, though, is the low-stakes nature of the miracle.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 24, 2019
    70
    Running With Beto captures how much enthusiasm has been generated by those frustrated by both President Trump and Republican decision-making at various levels of government. Yet it also reflects how difficult it remains, especially in battleground states, to sway people whose thinking on various issues has been hardened into cement.
  6. Reviewed by: Dream McClinton
    Dec 3, 2019
    60
    This is where the film falters; it’s superficial in moments where a deeper dive would be more beneficial, like after O’Rourke’s speech following the Santa Fe shooting, where he appears emotional or a scene of him watching clips of his father. The best moments of the film confront the reality of the Red Wall and the effect of the race on Beto and the people around him as he’s separated from his family.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 28, 2019
    60
    “Running With Beto” rarely rises above a desire to be a fly on the wall, on the off chance that it will witness history. For campaign junkies, the film is stuffed with the real-life grind of ground-level work. ... “Running With Beto” is most compelling when O’Rourke isn’t in it. In moving portraits of some of his die-hard supporters, the film finally becomes the soaring ode to grass-roots politics that it desires to be.

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