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The Laramie Project (2002)

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Laramie, WY, is a small town which became infamous overnight in the fall of 1998, when Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten and left to die, setting off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and homophobia. A month after the crime, Moises Kaufman, a writer and director with the New York City theater troupe the Tectonic Theater Project, traveled to Laramie with a handful of actors to interview people who lived in and around Laramie in

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Moises Kaufman

Jun 25, 2002

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The bottom line is the piece works brilliantly.

April 8, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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The Laramie Project is not really about Matthew Shepard but about this question of identification with Matthew, and of identification with the larger community of Laramie that admitted, sustained, eliminated, grieved, and civilly avenged Matthew.

February 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

A fascinating chorus of outrage and sadness, hatred and hope.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Though well-intentioned, dealing with the relevant issues of hate crimes and gay bashing, artisticaly speaking, Moises Kaufman's film, the opening night of 2001 Sundance Fest, is quite disappointing.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

a potent, thought-provoking drama that offers insight not only into Shepard's case, but into the changing attitudes of Americans in general.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

questions our basic humanity, and gives an accurate picture of the current state of affairs of tolerance in America's schizoid version of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
ToxicUniverse.com

It's a compelling and horrifying story, and The Laramie Project is worthwhile for reminding us that this sort of thing does, in fact, still happen in America.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Kaufman creates an eerie sense of not only being there at the time of these events but the very night Matthew was killed.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Utter mush... conceited pap.

March 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (3)
Filmcritic.com

The film does give a pretty good overall picture of the situation in Laramie following the murder of Matthew Shepard.

March 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

... a workmanlike film and important in that it will reach a large audience with a story that needs to be told.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Audience Reviews for The Laramie Project

Moving and important story. Great cast.
June 8, 2013
cchclaw

Super Reviewer

The Laramie Project is the movie to watch on the Matthew Shepard ordeal. Although far from perfect, this is a well acted and directed docu drama that tells a remarkable true story. Although far from perfect, the story is compelling and is worth seeing if you want to watch something truly engaging. This is a must see film for people interested in this poignant story. I thought that it was a well made movie that could have been a bit better, but it is much better than The Matthew Shepard story. The performances are pretty good and the story is engaging from start to finish, and there are some very good cast members here that give some good performances. There are things that could have been changed to make the film better, but for what it is, it works as an interesting docudrama. Although not perfect, it's still well acted and tells a great story. What Happened to Matthew Shepard should never happened, but it also opened the door to much needed action against hate crimes and equality. This is the film to watch if you're interested in the Matthew Shepard ordeal, and it is entertaining with good, memorable performances and well written story. However like I said, it could have been reworked slightly just to make it better. The Laramie Project will most likely have an impact on any viewer that will watch the film, and it is a film that you can't forget. The film has its flaws of course, but it is a well made movie that brings to light an important issue.
March 9, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The story is sad & tragic since it happened for real, but it doesn't work too well as a docudrama. I mean, it's just about okay. I thought that it was a documentary before I went for it, but later realized (after seeing Christina Ricci) that it's a docudrama.

Don't have high expectations & you might be able to sit through it.
January 2, 2011
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

I am not a huge fan of documentaries. I have nothing against them, but I guess there are other things that I would rather watch. Like a movie...and this is a movie made in documentary style with real actors playing the parts. A very interesting concept. Mostly, though, the fact that this movie is about a real crime made it even more interesting. The horrible, horrific, and appalling story of the murder of this poor young man needed to be told
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

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