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Valentine Road

Valentine Road (2012)

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100

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

Haunting, heartfelt and even-handed, Valentine Road should be required viewing in teaching tolerance on middle-school and high-school campuses.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Valentine Road does an impressive job of making a 2008 shooting at a junior high school in Oxnard, Calif., horrifying and disheartening all over again.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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For viewers, Brandon's action feels tragic and inexcusable. The hard part is how to respond to it, and Valentine Road, like much of "the system," doesn't suggest any easy answer.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Moving and infuriating ...

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Though the ugly phobia that gave rise to the killing and permeated the legal proceedings boils the blood, the film's tone is somber rather than angry, and its effect is quietly devastating.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A deeply thought-provoking documentary.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Valentine Road is an engrossing, multifaceted tale of pain and bigotry, as told by a moron.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

True story of kid's gender exploration that ends in murder.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

[It] features subjects who voice conflicting concerns, but also resists casting judgment [on another]. That's not to say you [won't] come to your own conclusions or that the film doesn't help in that process, in juxtaposing certain interviews or images.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

One of the most powerful films you'll see this year or maybe any year.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Valentine Road

I went into this movie knowing nothing about this case. Upon seeing it, I am saddened and disgusted. The outcome of the trial made me extremely angry. I couldn't believe how flippant the jurors and Brandon's lawyers were about his actions. How dare they say that 21 years in jail is too long for someone "so young"...he murdered someone! However, I do believe this film could be a good educational tool in classrooms to teach tolerance and bring awareness.
November 18, 2013
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