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8: The Mormon Proposition Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
August 14, 2012
This propaganda style doc is too busy evoking intolerance (ironically) and fear mongering to provoke any rational analysis of the facts.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 26, 2010
The film's powerful correlative lesson? That citizen journalism will play an important role in outing big-money political players who would like to silently put their stamp on laws from the capitalistic safety of the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 18, 2010
From the hard facts of the church's PR wrangling and shady financial reporting, to the human fallout of their treatment of gays both inside and outside their flock, the filmmakers hammer hard on the Mormon church.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 15, 2010
The film also fails to take into account the many other factors in play during the 2008 election, narrowing events down to one all-encompassing Mormon-based explanation. 8 means well, but is too blinded by its own biases to do its cause justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 14, 2010
The thing the film does best is to put a human face on the issue, to show us individuals (and couples) who were directly affected by the passing of Prop 8.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2010
Provocative and disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2010
It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 23, 2010
[Cowan] expands his sad and furious homegrown film to record the misery of gay Mormons sometimes driven to suicide over being rejected by their church and families.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
June 22, 2010
Impassioned documentary chronicles the successful 2008 Mormon campaign to make gay marriage illegal in California.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2010
There is a message here of the necessity for tolerance, but 8: The Mormon Proposition would have been better had its makers presented it in a more consistent, artful fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2010
An impassioned piece of timely agitprop.
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New York Daily News
June 20, 2010
No matter what your stand is on gay marriage, you're bound to come out with a broader definition of family values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 18, 2010
The highly emotional documentary is narrated by Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter for Milk, who, like Mr. Cowan, is gay and grew up in a Mormon household.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
June 18, 2010
Instead of stooping to the level of Focus on the Family's misleading Prop. 8 ads, the pic damns the LDS Church not with lies, but with their own words.
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New York Daily News
June 18, 2010
Combining investigative reporting with personal experience, Reed Cowan's impassioned documentary is unlikely to leave many dry eyes among its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 18, 2010
8: The Mormon Proposition becomes a vital, important cry for an open dialogue. It's unfortunate that one side still refuses to come to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
June 18, 2010
The lack of polish doesn't tarnish the truth of the story: how an institution claiming to speak for God turned its dogma into law, and shattered the lives of real, loving people in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manuel Mendoza
Dallas Morning News
June 18, 2010
A compelling look at how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates in the political arena, even if audiences come away knowing that writer-producer-director Reed Cowan has told the story from his biased point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 18, 2010
A great cautionary tale.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 18, 2010
A hard-hitting exposť of a shameful episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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