Getting Roger Stone

Bank, DiMauro and Pehme began filming with Roger Stone in late 2011 after Pehme had met Stone at a political function.[1] Inspired by a New Yorker article by writer Jeffrey Toobin, the filmmakers embarked on a five-year journey to make a documentary about Stone in order to tell the story of his transformative effect on modern politics–which reaches its climax in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States of America.[2]

Release

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2017, to critical acclaim. Entertainment Weekly called it a „staggering, shock-to-the-system political documentary.“[3] The Atlanticdescribed it as „an incisive portrait of how Stone’s brand of dirty tricks — in which the only motivating factor in politics is to win — came to dominate the current state of disarray.“[4] The film was released worldwide on Netflix on May 12, 2017.[5]

Reception

Get Me Roger Stone has an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 32 reviews. The website’s critical consensus reads, „As informative as it is entertaining, Get Me Roger Stoneoffers a close-up look at the right-wing gadfly who helped shape the 2016 presidential election.“[6] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating „generally favorable reviews“.[7]

The Los Angeles Times hailed it as „endlessly fascinating,“[8] and Variety as „lively, fun, sickening and essential.“[9] RogerEbert.com proclaimed „as for examining the pathologies on the right side of the spectrum, it’s hard to imagine any film this year will surpass the astonishing Netflix production Get Me Roger Stone.“[10]