Tying the Knot is a flawed work that succeeds on the merits of its highly touching personal stories and its irrefutable debate.
| Original Score: 3/5
Offers a refreshingly strong and lucid examination of the issue, even if it's edited a bit chaotically, cross-cutting between its various strands.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An empowering, optimistic experience, humanizing the issue through poignant profiles.
Not only offers useful information but contains moments of gravity and pathos that genuinely touch the heart.
| Original Score: B
A quietly effective exploration of the divisive subject of gay marriage in America.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Regardless which side of the argument you are on, Tying the Knot is worth seeing for its political relevance and the human stories of those caught in the middle.
It does a decent job of taking a broad issue and showing the impact it has on individuals.
Personalizes the political with two heart-rending real-life cases.
De Seve brings together the stories, documenting them and not drilling rhetorically.
| Original Score: 3/4
It may not be the most meticulously crafted documentary in the world, but what Tying the Knot lacks in finesse it compensates for in making a heartfelt case for the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage.
Has the good sense to take a large step back from the emotional debate surrounding the issue and scrutinize the history of marriage itself.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The film attains its greatest impact in the most specific cases.
Its issue is the debate over gay marriage, and director Jim de Seve does an outstanding job of humanizing the issue.
Activist filmmaking... but neither strident nor plaintive.
Like most hot-button documentaries, its impact is debatable, but filmmaker Jim de Seve makes an effective, an often moving case, for tolerance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Documentarian Jim de Seve's cogent pro-gay-marriage argument appeals equally to emotion and reason.
It gives a short, sharp overview of exactly what's at stake.
The movie, directed by Jim de Seve, personalizes a ferocious political debate, never losing its (frequently sad) human face.
The director has fashioned a powerful argument that places the fight for legalized gay marriage firmly within the lineage of human-rights struggles.
This documentary by Jim de Seve succeeds anyway, by putting a poignant human face on the struggle for equal rights.