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Milk Reviews

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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
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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