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Stonewall Uprising (2010)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 2

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"It was the Rosa Parks moment," says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, Village Voice reporters and the cop who led the raid, STONEWALL UPRISING compellingly recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and


Documentary, Special Interest


David Heilbroner

Mar 1, 2011


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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (5)

For a movie about a groundbreaking gay rebellion, Stonewall Uprising plays it much too straight.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It comes alive through the memories of those who were there.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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On the one hand, Stonewall Uprising shows how far we've come toward enlightenment and tolerance since that hot June night. On the other, it reminds us that there are still many minds to change and rights to win.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The film does a sturdy job of placing the clash in historical context.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Pplaces the incident within the context of the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s with PBS-caliber tact and compassion.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Stonewall Uprising is an important documentary -- and a passionate and compassionate reconstruction of the historic standoff between police and pubcrawlers.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Among the year's best non-fiction features.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

At moments it transcends its sometimes fuzzy construction and the spark that ignited a revolution becomes tremendously palpable and galvanizing.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

Includes frank recollections and startling clips from vintage news reports, including 'The Homosexuals,' a 1967 CBS special narrated by Dan Rather that characterized homosexuality as 'a mental illness that has reached epidemiological proportions.'

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Excellent source of information for those who know little of this monumental occurrence, but for those with no need for a Stonewall riots 101, it has little to offer.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source:

More than half of the documentary isn't about Stonewall at all, which makes for a frustrating 49-minute wait until the uprising begins to rise up.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Riveting -- and important -- stuff.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

An excellent and insightful documentary...An inspiring chronicle of the birth of "gay power."

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Heartfelt and engagingly filmed, but not nearly as insightful as it could have been with sharper, more provocative questions asked.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Audience Reviews for Stonewall Uprising

Most of it is familiar territory, but its nice to hear people who were there retell their story about what it was like rather than just a bunch of historians discussing its significance. We know it was the turning point, but to listen to gay men and women describe how and why they were pushed to the breaking point is pretty interesting.
May 2, 2011
Alec Barniskis

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