Valentine Road Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 31, 2015
Plumbs the pathetic depths of intolerance and distorted compassion in one of the supposedly most liberal states in the union. Its panoramic and both-sides approach to a brutal, traumatizing act of retaliatory violence chills and stills the heart.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
A deeply thought-provoking documentary.
Dominic Mill
We Got This Covered
March 28, 2014
Valentine Road is an engrossing, multifaceted tale of pain and bigotry, as told by a moron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 8, 2013
Haunting, heartfelt and even-handed, Valentine Road should be required viewing in teaching tolerance on middle-school and high-school campuses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
October 8, 2013
True story of kid's gender exploration that ends in murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 8, 2013
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.
Cynthia Fuchs
October 7, 2013
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
October 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
Moving and infuriating ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 9, 2013
One of the most powerful films you'll see this year or maybe any year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rob Nelson
January 29, 2013
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.
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