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Milk Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

'Milk' is a docu-drama that's one of the best movies of 2008.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

February 8, 2009
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

The film itself can be taken as an act of testimony, mingling archival footage with re-enactments and immediacy with nostalgia.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Penn is magnificent in the title role with excellent support from James Franco and James Brolin.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 3/4

February 5, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Sean Penn and gay director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) have created a warm-hearted testament to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay individual who was elected to major political office, and was then murdered/martyred.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 3.0/5

February 1, 2009
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

What if Van Sant's movie hit theaters in California a couple of months before Californians said yes to the no-to-gay-marriage Proposition 8 on November 4?

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 1, 2009
Evan Williams
The Australian

The film is dedicated to Milk's memory, but it's Penn that most of us will remember.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2009
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Van Sant has a powerful story to tell, and he tells it with craft, as it was written.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

January 30, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Sydney Morning Herald

Penn is a revelation as Milk. He's always been a no-holds-barred actor, but this is another departure: his energy drives the story.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 5/6

January 29, 2009
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)

Quite simply, Milk is an unmissable film about a man who energised a movement.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

January 29, 2009
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Milk is the full-cream deal; an artery-testing tale of love, politics, human rights and heartbreak.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 29, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A spirited portrait of Harvey Milk, the first openly homosexual person to serve in a major office in the United States.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B+

January 28, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Milk is warm, emotional, politically committed.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 28, 2009
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)

Milk is a powerful film that leaves a lump in your throat. It has a magnificent performance from Sean Penn.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 4/5

January 28, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Sean Penn's stunning performance as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man voted into US public office is the first reason to see this potent and involving film

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 23, 2009
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine

Milk thoroughly deserves all of the press ink that will doubtless be spilt over it. Wear your 'Vote Penn' Oscar pin with pride.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The story is sad, but the mood is jubilant and the energy relentless.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/6

January 23, 2009

As a portrait of Harvey Milk, Van Sant's film is a sincere work, bolstered by an unquestionably outstanding turn by Sean Penn. While some of the other actors don't match up, this is a minor quibble in an otherwise impressive piece.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Van Sant's skill as a film-maker is showcased here to inspiring effect. Rarely has a lesson in political history felt so involving and alive. What's more, it's a genuinely important film that could not be better timed.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

I felt that Milk is a slightly staid film, closer to the middle-of-the-road side of Gus van Sant's film-making persona, the bland side that made his treacly Sean Connery film Finding Forrester.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2009
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

It's a wonderfully evocative film, radiating with warmth and humour, bristling too with righteous rage.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
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