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The Best of Enemies (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Best of Enemies has the best of intentions, but they're derailed by a problematic perspective and a disappointing lack of insight.

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Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

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Taraji P. Henson
as Ann Atwater
Sam Rockwell
as Claiborne Paul Ellis
Babou Ceesay
as Bill Riddick
Anne Heche
as Mary Ellis
Wes Bentley
as Floyd Kelly
Nick Searcy
as Garland Keith
John Gallagher Jr.
as Lee Trombley
Bruce McGill
as Councilman Carvie Oldham
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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (26)

It's predictable and conventional, but it has some powerful moments.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

But like Peter Farrelly's road-trip dramedy, Bissell's film stretches and flattens history in ways big and small.

April 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Comparisons will inevitably be made to Green Book for its upbeat vibe, but in terms of serious craft and admirable aspirations, this film is more in the league of 42 and Selma.

April 11, 2019 | Full Review…

To give ally cookies to a former Klan president because he no longer believes Black people are "evil and dirty" is breathtaking. To reduce Ann's story to her friendship with this man as "a more important story," is even more so.

April 10, 2019 | Full Review…

This tale of a KKK president seeing the error of his ways-and bonding with a civil-right activist-feels all kinds of wrong.

April 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's impossible to ignore that the film is yet another Hollywood narrative of racial reconciliation centered on a white protagonist-and worse, it's one that seems much more interested in the Klan's white targets than its black ones.

April 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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