Milk Reviews

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Alonso Duralde
November 25, 2008

All I know is that I can never get through Times of Harvey Milk without a handkerchief, while Van Sant's Milk left me forlornly dry-eyed.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009

Ultimatelt resembles less the man than the titular white liquid -- warm, nourishing, somewhat sleep-inducing

Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 12, 2008

Why is there no openly gay Hollywood actor portraying any of the historical figures in this film? Because no American A-list film star has come out to be counted.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
Top Critic
November 26, 2008

Milk was murdered 30 years ago. The exceptional The Times of Harvey Milk won the Oscar for Best Documentary 24 years ago.... Yet, all this time later... Hollywood wants us to applaud its courage for finally--finally--telling this story?

Dan Callahan
House Next Door
November 25, 2008

A paint-by numbers biopic of the tireless activist that wastes the efforts of some fine actors.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
November 26, 2008

The final result somehow undersells a man whose life and death were watershed moments in the gay rights movement.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Keith Uhlich
November 26, 2008

Bad art serves no one, but the reach for significance is often enough to proffer a pat-on-the-back and an affirmative nod, as if 'attempt' and 'achievement' were suddenly synonymous terms of action.

Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
December 6, 2008

A biopic so adoringly biased it destroys credibility.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jackie K. Cooper
December 16, 2008

Captures the feeling of the city, and the events of Milk's life; but never captures the dynamic charisma that had to be a vital part of the man

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 26, 2008

With neither subtlety nor depth, 'Milk' does no service to its group cause or individual subject.

Kevin A. Ranson
January 1, 2009

Milk presents details about the title character and his relevance... but the presentation itself appears more intent on being a recruitment film than an actual biopic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
Armond White
New York Press
December 3, 2008

A bizarre manipulation of the gay political impulse.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 8, 2009

Actually retards attempts to understand what it is that transforms some men into symbols and others into sheep.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 23, 2009

The frustrating aspect of the movie is that it could - and should - have been a moving drama. Instead, it settles for being agit-prop.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
December 19, 2008

Whether you are heterosexual, homosexual or somewhere in between, Milk is such an inspiring and powerful movie that you should drop everything you are doing right now and instantly head to the theaters.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 27, 2008

It puts Harvey Milk back on his soap box, where his unyielding commitment to his issue cost him his life.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
December 14, 2008

Josh Brolin's double murderer steals the film from Sean Penn's Saint Harvey. That couldn't have been the intention, but the most fully developed character wins.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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