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8: The Mormon Proposition Reviews

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Marc Peyser
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It seems impossible that anyone will have their minds changed or even piqued by watching this film. No one will really listen to The Mormon Proposition because we've heard it all before.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

June 17, 2010
Chris Barsanti

passionate but scattered

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 17, 2010
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Preaching to the converted, a sobering but formulaic study of church activism against gay rights is more therapeutic than astute.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2010
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 4.0/10

July 15, 2010
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

This propaganda style doc is too busy evoking intolerance (ironically) and fear mongering to provoke any rational analysis of the facts.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: D

August 14, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Cowan and Greenstreet are preaching to the choir.

June 17, 2010
Michelle Orange

Lamentably dry in its execution despite an almost nonstop flow of tears.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 7/10

June 17, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2010
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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It's so one-sided you hardly care after a while that the side it's on is so clearly the right one.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The filmmakers fail to settle on one approach, so the disparate parts of this far-too-short feature (it's barely a Dateline special) cancel one another out.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 16, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The movie is shrill even by advocacy-doc standards.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 17, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 22, 2010
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's as if the filmmakers went into the project without a specific direction, aside from making an obvious statement. The resulting movie feels rambling and unfocused.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

June 17, 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 Source: DCist | Original Score: 7/10

July 18, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Provocative and disturbing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2010
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

The unrelenting attack on the LDS church in the documentary lets other churches and religious groups off the hook...The Mormons did not and could not secure (Prop 8's) passage all by themselves, but the film makes it look like they did.

Full Review Source: Orange County and Long Beach Blade | Original Score: C+

June 2, 2010
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix

The Mormon Proposition is about as subjective as documentaries get. The good news is that Cowan and Greenstreet are compelling enough to convince you that only one side of this debate deserves a voice.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 16, 2010
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

A great cautionary tale.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

June 18, 2010
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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As an exposť, there could hardly be a stronger case for ensuring and strengthening the separation of church and state -- or a stronger message to gay people as to the magnitude of the challenge to win equal rights.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 18, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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 Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B

July 26, 2010
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