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Outrage walks a difficult moral and ethical line -- and not always successfully -- but despite its flaws, it's a fascinating, provocative look at homosexuality in American politics.



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Kirby Dick, the Academy Award-nominated director of This Film Is Not Yet Rated, exposes the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the very community they secretly belong to. Some of the most influential policy-makers in the United States are gay, but you wouldn't know it to look at their voting records -- despite being members of the LGBT community, many closeted politicians actually vote against the proposals designed to give that community equal rights. In speaking with such members of the gay community as U.S. representatives Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank, as well as radio personality Michelangelo Signorile, activist Larry Kramer, and former N.J. governor Jim McGreevey, Dick is able to explore the complexities of leading a double lifestyle, as well as highlight the double standards of a media that has become obsessed with covering the sex lives of gay public figures.

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Critic Reviews for Outrage

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (24)

  • Dick takes aim after those who are more than happy to legislate your sex life, just so long as it doesn't curtail their own.

    Jun 10, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Outrage succeeds as activism, but it excels as a window into certain political psyches.

    Jun 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] passionate, engaging, but sometimes irresponsible exposé.

    May 29, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The film's pretty good about saying why so much in the culture encourages a political life in the closet, either tacitly or directly. But even The Advocate had a problem with calling it a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • As always, Dick brings passion and immediacy to what's essentially a series of talking heads; his position on the issue is clear and powerfully argued.

    May 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • There is an undercurrent of anger coursing through Outrage, but the anger is unusually restrained and eloquent.

    May 14, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Outrage

  • May 21, 2013
    Interesting, but sadly, not compelling. This should have been a better documentary.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2012
    This Kirby Dick documentary was passionate and strong but it made statements that it could not backup. Such as the media covering up gay affairs and hardly talking about them. That's highly unbelievable and the film showed contrary if anything. I don't believe in the method of outing, which is purposely trying to drag famous men out of the closet, this is actually conducted primarily by gays. I just ended up feeling more and more pity for the people that were outed the farther this movie went. The in compassionate list of politicians just kept going, and the Film makers didn't stay away from the rest of the family. These aren't criminals they're trying to destroy, just politicians they disagree with. It got so disgusting I turned off the film with twenty minutes left, this was also due to the horrendous film editing. But the stories will stick, and I'll remember it for awhile.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2012
    Really interesting documentary. It's really sad that closeted gay politicians are the gay communities biggest foe and roadblock in making real progress toward truly achieving civil rights for all.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2011
    Its a bit scatterbrained in its approach, but its anger is understandable and I relate to it completely. The hypocrisy of these men who live one life and preach another is disgusting. They should be outed, I don't care what it does to their lives or careers . . . they cannot live and act this way any longer.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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