Milk

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Milk Reviews

Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Cole Haddon
Film.com
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At the moment, it's my favorite movie of the year.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A

May 6, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 9, 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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Perhaps it is simply an accident of timing that puts Milk in theaters at this moment. But fate or simple fortunate timing, Milk arrives as one of the best films of 2008.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

December 11, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Penn's performance is a marvelous act of empathy in a movie that, for all its surprisingly conventional style, measures up to its stirring subject.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 1, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Milk is an agitprop fantasy about the selflessness of sainthood. If anybody but Penn was playing the saint, we'd probably feel as if we were being sold a bill of goods. Instead, he just about pulls it off. Such is the treachery of talent.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

November 28, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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This film wants us to understand both how far we've come as a society and that it is still not far enough.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 26, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Once in a while, a movie arrives at such a perfect moment, its message and meaning so finely tuned to the current zeitgeist, that it seems less a cinematic event than a cosmic convergence, willed into being by a once-in-a-lifetime alignment of the stars.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 26, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Milk is so immediate that it's impossible to separate the movie's moment from this one.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 26, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Milk has one of the finest ensemble casts this year and a magnificent, career-topping performance by Sean Penn, who disappears into the title role.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The film understandably and movingly centres itself on Penn's portrayal of a hedonist-turned-activist who discovered that in order to change his world, he had to find his voice.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2008
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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What the film lacks in daring narrative it makes up for with its electric portrayal of its radical subject.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

November 26, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Van Sant's film (and why did it take 24 years after the documentary to make this stirring, heartbreaking story a feature film?) finally gives Milk his due -- and becomes an immediate classic of gay cinema.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It's nice to see Penn play a character of Spicoli-like sweetness and openness, rather than the glowering lugs that have become his specialty.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 26, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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I don't know that this is Penn's best performance, overall -- let's have that debate some other time -- but as far as the mannered, immersive impersonations of his later career go, Harvey Milk takes the cake.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 26, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Milk represents a thought provoking, cathartic, and mostly true tale of politics and courage.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The final result somehow undersells a man whose life and death were watershed moments in the gay rights movement.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 26, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Penn is one of our great actors, and his greatness comes from small things. Close your eyes and listen to how he absolutely gets -- but doesn't caricature -- Milk's honking Long Island accent.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Penn goes way deep and soulful in a highly ingratiating performance that's the one to beat for the Best Actor Oscar.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 26, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Somehow, Milk implants hope in those who've lost it. Somehow, Penn plays him as a feisty charmer so winning and lifelike that you'll regard him as a friend before it's over.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Milk is a worthy docudrama that is solid if not sublime. But, sometimes, a merely good film can brush up against greatness, and this one does so twice.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 26, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Progress is slow, but Harvey Milk was one of the first to set the wheels in motion. He more than deserves a movie this good.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

November 26, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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At the heart of this eloquent portrait of a cultural catalyst is Penn's profoundly human, and possibly finest, performance.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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It's a reminder, in this age of virtual flash and computer-generated wonders, of the power of simple human expression.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

November 26, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What's surprising about Milk is how much creative fun Van Sant has under the serious circumstances.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Penn is so engaging, physically loose and just plain smart in the title role, he's bound to top everyone's shortlist come awards time.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 9/10

November 26, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The story of Harvey Milk is a tragedy, but not since Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High has Sean Penn played such a serenely happy individual.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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?

Full Review Source: The New Republic

November 26, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Harvey Milk was an intriguing, inspiring figure. And Milk is a marvel.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 26, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is a passionate history lesson, a broadside in favor of gay rights and the engaging story of one flawed but courageous man.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 25, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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[An] incisive and stirring dramatization of Harvey Milk's heroic life and violent death.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

November 25, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Van Sant works from a script by Dustin Lance Black to tell Milk's story clearly and forcefully.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 25, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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With the combination of Van Sant's direction and Penn's masterful performance, it's moving, and important, as well.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 25, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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With Milk, a great San Francisco story becomes a great American story.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

November 25, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Sean Penn amazes me.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 25, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The film hits all the important marks but never feels like a typical biopic, a superficial, greatest-hits collection.

November 25, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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An exceptional film.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 24, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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A very powerful film that's really relevant to what is going on in the world today.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 24, 2008
David Denby
New Yorker
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Giving himself utterly to the role, Penn takes an actor's craft and dedication to soulful heights, making a demand for dignity that becomes universal.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 24, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Milk is one of the most heartfelt portraits of a politician ever made -- the man himself remains just out of reach.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

November 24, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's a lengthy, engaging, information-packed tribute to an early activist who dedicated the last years of his life to gay rights before it was fashionable, and paid the ultimate price for his passion.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 18, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The first great film to look at civil rights from the perspective of the gay movement.

November 3, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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An adroitly and tenderly observed account of the life of Harvey Milk.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 3, 2008
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