Meeting Gorbachev

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Meeting Gorbachev
Directed by
Produced by
  • Svetlana Palmer
  • Lucki Stipetic
Music byNicholas Singer
  • Richard Blanshard
  • Yuri Barak
Edited byMichael Ellis
Distributed byA&E Networks
Release date
  • September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) (US)
Running time
90 minutes
  • English
  • Russian
  • German
  • Polish
Box office$24,980[1]

Meeting Gorbachev is a 2018 biographical documentary film directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer about the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. The film features three interviews between Herzog and Gorbachev, conducted over the span of six months, and had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2018.[2][3]


The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2018. It was then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2018, where it received wider press coverage.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 8 reviews, and an average rating of 7.2/10.[5] David Ehrlich of IndieWire "ultimately because of Gorbachev's seeming unwillingness to fit the director's usual mold that Meeting Gorbachev is able to become such a different and engaging bio-doc."[6] While overall positive, Jessica Kiang of Variety criticized the film, saying that the film, "though consistently engaging, is less a fireworks display than a fireside chat, and so feels curiously like an opportunity missed."[7]


  1. ^ "Meeting Gorbachev (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 10, 2019. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Meeting Gorbachev, retrieved 2018-11-15
  3. ^ a b "Meeting Gorbachev". Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  4. ^ Kiang, Jessica (2018-09-21). "Film Review: 'Meeting Gorbachev'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  5. ^ Meeting Gorbachev (2019), retrieved 2018-11-15
  6. ^ Ehrlich, David (2018-09-03). "'Meeting Gorbachev' Review: Werner Herzog Finds a True Hero in This Tender Documentary About the Former Soviet Leader — Telluride". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  7. ^ Kiang, Jessica (2018-09-21). "Film Review: 'Meeting Gorbachev'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-11-15.

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