“Best of Enemies captivates with its detail and historical footage, and makes one long for the Golden Age of TV and the peak of public discourse when men with ‘patrician, languid accents‘ could trade rhetorical barbs with eloquence and panache. It also makes one mourn the track upon which this televised mud fight (which gained huge ratings) set the American media.” — from Matthew Odam‘s SXSW review.
“There is great pathos and tragedy in both men’s lives, and as much humor as there is in the film, it is underlined with a sadness. The film doesn’t ask the audience to take sides or lobby for the superiority of one man over the other. In fact, despite their intellectual greatness, both men come off as deserving a certain amount of pity, their public personas eventually held hostage to their own vanity and self-righteous indignation.”