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Hate Crime

Hate Crime (2005)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

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A quiet community reveals an ugly underside in the wake of a horrible crime in this independent drama. Robbie Levinson (Seth Peterson) and Trey McCoy (Brian J. Smith) are a gay couple who've been together for six years; they've been sharing a comfortable home in suburban Dallas most of that time, and are planning to get married once the legalities work themselves. Robbie and Trey are good neighbors who get along well with the other folks in the community until Chris Boyd (Chad Donella) moves in


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian

Tommy Stovall

Nov 14, 2006

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (16) | DVD (1)

First-time director Stovall renders all with the kitchen-lit, squarely composed aesthetic of timid prime-time TV, and his moral schema is no less ordinary.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The film never rises above its cry now-avenge later Lifetime Channel sensibilities.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The portrait of the Boyds is painted by Tommy Stovall, the film's writer and director, with such broad and venomous strokes that if the gay characters had been portrayed in the same way, the film would rightly be seen as bigoted.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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... a flawed film that frequently tries to rise above standard TV dramas of the week.

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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A well-meaning but hopelessly stilted melodrama, Hate Crime sacrifices good intentions with its mediocrity of execution.

March 30, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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What is not entirely clear is what Hate Crime adds to the equation that hasn't been done before.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Call it too much fuel to the fire in a misguided effort to bring home the tragedy of gay hate crimes.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

deserves praise, even the political viewpoints lack any subtlety whatsoever.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source:

An intelligent, well-acted, tense drama that is challenging in its moral complexity.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comment (1)
Jam! Movies

One day, a truly original screenplay will be written in which churchgoing, beer-drinking Southerners will be portrayed as something other than evil hypocrites.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times | Comment (1)
New Times

Well-meaning but deeply flawed.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source:

It takes a turn toward vigilante justice, Texas-style, where everybody has a gun. They trade a hate crime for a crime of hate, and that mixed message overshadows the potential of this film.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source:

Well-intentioned but convoluted thriller.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

While Stovall's study of hate crimes is well acted, and with the right intentions, it can never get off the ground and feel like a unique dissection, and still comes off as an episode of a cop show in the end.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Audience Reviews for Hate Crime

The movie tries to make a point and send out a message. While the intentions might have been good, what I got to see in the form of a thriller wasn't quite so. Its predictability and preachy parts didn't bother me as much as its story so filled with loopholes. And if the director has the same excuse that the Sergeant makes towards the end, I'd have a hard time pardoning him. Many of the significant twists and turns simply don't add up to. I'd have readily ignored one or two, but here we've got enough at hand to make the movie lame.

Tolerable, but not recommended from my end.
December 6, 2011

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