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Outrage (2009)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 46
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: Outrage walks a difficult moral and ethical line -- and not always successfully -- but despite its flaws, it's a fascinating, provocative look at homosexuality in American politics.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Outrage walks a difficult moral and ethical line -- and not always successfully -- but despite its flaws, it's a fascinating, provocative look at homosexuality in American politics.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 6,645


Movie Info

Kirby Dick, the Academy Award-nominated director of This Film Is Not Yet Rated, exposes the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the very community they secretly belong to. Some of the most influential policy-makers in the United States are gay, but you wouldn't know it to look at their voting records -- despite being members of the LGBT community, many closeted politicians actually vote against the proposals designed to give that community equal rights. In speaking … More

R (for some language and sexual references)
Documentary , Mystery & Suspense , Gay & Lesbian , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Kirby Dick
In Theaters:
Jan 19, 2010
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Outrage

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (13) | DVD (1)

Dick takes aim after those who are more than happy to legislate your sex life, just so long as it doesn't curtail their own.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Outrage succeeds as activism, but it excels as a window into certain political psyches.

Full Review… | June 4, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

[A] passionate, engaging, but sometimes irresponsible exposé.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film's pretty good about saying why so much in the culture encourages a political life in the closet, either tacitly or directly. But even The Advocate had a problem with calling it a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

While the film is full of some very cogent arguments, there are major flaws in his case.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009

High-spirited documentary about the ultimate hypocrisy imaginable. Closeted politicians pushing for anti-gay legislation in the name of "family values".

Full Review… | November 13, 2009

This is definitely a side of the news that gets very little play in the mainstream media. For that reason alone, this film is worth a look.

Full Review… | November 8, 2009
Laramie Movie Scope

It should be relevant to all viewers of political films, but especially meaningful to the gay community.

Full Review… | October 24, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

'Outrage' makes a convincing argument that legislating while living in the closet is detrimental to everyone.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009

The examples trotted out in Outrage are so old that if you're interested in this topic, you read about them on the Internet years ago.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Director Kirby Dick's most ambitious and accomplished expose yet.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009
Movie Dearest

[A] comprehensive rundown of the duplicity of some of our leaders and much of our corporate mass media... howls with rage...

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Flick Filosopher

This is a portrait of how modern politics is still getting it wrong when it comes to gay rights, made worse by the fact that many of the puppet masters behind anti-gay legislation are homosexual themselves.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
Orlando Weekly

An inflammatory documentary that artfully skewers its subjects. Sic 'em Kirby!

Full Review… | June 6, 2009
Windy City Times

The result is persuasive but incomplete. Dick is working here as a journalist, and the story is far from fully unfolded. Still, what he proffers will keep you thinking, talking and engaged.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009

Clearly an activist piece of filmmaking, but cleverly put together and highly enjoyable...It does, however, raise some troubling journalistic questions.

Full Review… | June 3, 2009
One Guy's Opinion

The average viewer will be satisfied with the product, even if the film offers hardly any new information. The doc buff will witness a film that can't surface above the steady nonfiction output at the art house.

Full Review… | May 26, 2009
Film Threat

However, when it sticks to its strongest angle--attacking these people for their endless capacity for self-denial--"Outrage" does pack a significant punch and for this reason alone, it deserves to be seen.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009

It's an excellent film that has the potential to stand at a turning point in history and it's a must-see.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Movie Retriever

Kirby Dick's documentary argues that it's long past time that the many stories that shape closeted gay politicians' lives and careers be sorted out.

Full Review… | May 21, 2009

Audience Reviews for Outrage

Interesting, but sadly, not compelling. This should have been a better documentary.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Rides a weird line between being revenge flick fun and totally inappropriate. Ultimately it's hard not to side with the filmmakers, who don't think you should get to privately embrace the culture and people who you publicly decry and campaign against.

Steve K

Super Reviewer


Provocative and compelling, this is an interesting documentary that boldly exposes the sheer hypocrisy of closeted gay American politicians who actively campaign against gay rights.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I agree with the documentary "Outrage" that we all need to live our lives as openly as possible, especially those we love, whether we are ordinary citizens, in the armed forces or politicians. However, I do not agree with the film that there is any conspiracy on behalf of closeted politicians. For example, when Ken Mehlman's name was removed from a rebroadcast of Larry King, it was probably for the simple reason that somebody was afraid of being sued.

The focus of "Outrage" is on Michael Rogers, an activist who writes for the website, specializing in outing closeted politicians who may be voting against gay rights to cover their own tracks. He researches, gets proof and facts, instead of exploiting innuendo and rumor in the bad old days of the McCarthy Era. The documentary does not make a very compelling case, however, as many of these politicians are conservative Republicans who are probably simply pandering to their voter bases. Can you tell me that Larry Craig would vote any differently than any other Idaho Republican? The one good case that the film makes is in the instance of Florida Governor Charlie Crist who has amassed a lengthy anti-gay record in a moderate state.

In the case of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, if he is gay, it would have been huge if he had been out of the closet at the time(1977-1989) but it should also be remembered that he was generally more conservative as mayor than congressman, as he had to appeal to a more diverse electorate than just his previous liberal base. While he has been very private about his personal life, he has also been very proudly Jewish(using a quote from Daniel Pearl on his tombstone) which is hypocritical because you do not get to pick and choose about this kind of thing. Regardless, some of the voices against him just seem to be reliving old grudges. In the end, "Outrage" errs by saying activism is born solely from anger. Compassion is just as necessary.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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