Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Synopsis
Home videos, audiotapes and writings from the late adventurer.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie also captures Thompson's tragedy: the haze of drugs and bad writing that consumed him for no less than his last 30 years.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A biographical documentary doesn't get any better than this.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It leaves you wondering, how was it that so many people liked this man who does not seem to have liked himself?
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A mesmerizing look at the mythic quality and anarchic spirit of the irreverent and rabble-rousing journalist.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
This handsomely mounted documentary takes the same, indulgent tone that at lot of Thompson's friends and associates seem to have had.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Johnny Depp, who portrayed Thompson's alter-ego in Gilliam's film, provides the narration. If there's hagiography here, it's...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film is thorough and entertaining. It's enthusiastic about his contributions, but it's no hagiography, and it serves as both a...
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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...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Thompson - his brilliance, his self-destruction, and the ground he broke - is always at the center, but the film occasionally loses its...
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Really? The best you could do, really?

By peggyslow
Any fan of Hunter Thompson will recognize almost every frame of this "new" documentary from previous works. The notable exception being the commentary of his ex-wife...one must wonder what he would...


By MustangMom
Well-put together documentary about Hunter S. Thompson ~ with a great soundtrack! :-)...

hunter rules

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By elvisthewonderdog
Great documentary on Hunter S. Thompson. A little longer than I expected (close to 2 1/2 hours) but there was so much about the man's life that was interesting it could have lasted 12 hours....

“GONZO” – the life and times of a rebel.

By jimchudnow
This is a periodically in-depth documentary look at the life and times of influential hippy-ish writer Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, with a lot of items read by JOHNNY DEPP (who also appears in scenes from...

A Beginner's Ride

By chrisacip1419
If you're into HST's work and consider yourself relatively informed about the man, Gonzo may just be a refresher course with more details. The doc uses a lot of excerpts from the BBC piece featured on...


By stoptryingtosellstuff
Good documentary; though they certainly underplay how the copious amount of alcohol and drugs he consumed might have created suicidal depression...

Good Stuff

By iamjackscolon
I enjoyed myself, even though I've seen a lot of the actual Thompson footage before, but that's just because I'm a rabid Thompson fan. I liked that there was a lot of his writing included, which is...

Everything I expected

By SarMichael888
It was the usual unusual about the bizarre, creative character that was Hunter S Thompson. I enjoy Biographical movies. His are always enjoyable and entertaining. It was well done....

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

By erinnmoo
Hunter was an interesting man and lived in an interesting time in American history. I don't want to know about the depths of his self-indulgence -- I just want to appreciate his writing and insights...

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Rated R | For Language, Drug and Sexual Content and Some Nudity