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Milk Reviews

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Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling
June 1, 2015
While making a political, historical biopic, Van Sant managed, concurrently, to make a visually beautiful, emotionally thrilling and surprisingly personal work of art.
Amy Taubin
June 1, 2015
Penn burrows inside his character, capturing not only Milk's Long Island Jewish intonations and his gay body language but also the intensity of his beliefs and the particular mix of fear and desire through which he viewed the world.
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
Harvey repeats throughout the film, "you've gotta give 'em hope." He did the legwork. The film is just a reminder.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
The movie's getting a lot of praise for being an "unconventional" biopic. I don't think this is true, but it's happening, I suspect, because it's NOT a biopic: It's a cause movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
A poignant lesson about the ripples of impact one impassioned individual can have, regardless of sexual orientation, and regardless of the cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
A bracingly passionate look back at the man who helped define a specific era.
Top Critic
Cole Haddon
May 6, 2011
At the moment, it's my favorite movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dave White
April 4, 2011
This movie chooses not to dwell on tragedy. Instead it mines the inspiration Milk gave to hundreds, then thousands, then, posthumously, millions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
A little more sour to go with the sweet would have made Milk one of the greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Rather than force fictional acceptance at which the world unfortunately hasn't arrived, Gus van Sant effectively, astutely chronicles the slow, painful birth of minority representation and the tragic price Harvey Milk paid for political visibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
A lively biopic of slain gay politician Harvey Milk, one that mostly avoids the "this happened, then that happened" routineness of many of its ilk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Milk tackles serious issues about equal treatment under the law and the power of a minority community to determine its standing in the larger world through political activism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Ultimatelt resembles less the man than the titular white liquid -- warm, nourishing, somewhat sleep-inducing
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
August 1, 2009
The film is not only the story of Harvey Milk but the galvanization of the gay community in San Francisco and while Milk would have been quick to point out that there are very few lesbians in this film - something that Van Sant seems to miss - he would ha
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Anders Wotzke
August 1, 2009
With a commercially agreeable directorial style, Gus Van Sant continues his foray into provocative cinema with what is quite possibly his best film yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Clay Cane
June 10, 2009
A solid film with clear intentions -- to thoughtfully entertain. If you walk out of Milk and not be moved then you are missing a little soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 9, 2009
Sean Penn gives a meticulously detailed performance as the cagey and charismatic pol, but credit should also go to Dustin Lance Black, whose script squarely locates Milk at the center of his community, his city, and his cause.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 1, 2009
An involving portrait of the courage of one man standing up against hatred and bigotry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
February 27, 2009
The best film of 2008; engrossing no matter what one's sexual orientation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tony Macklin
February 25, 2009
Penn's comments at the 2008 Oscars might have been needed if it weren't for a previous statement by Dustin Lance Black who sensitively and appealingly, made an acceptance speech in which he spoke very personally about the pain of being gay as a youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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