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8: The Mormon Proposition Reviews

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Marc Peyser
June 17, 2010
It seems impossible that anyone will have their minds changed or even piqued by watching this film. No one will really listen to The Mormon Proposition because we've heard it all before.
Chris Barsanti
June 17, 2010
passionate but scattered
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 17, 2010
Preaching to the converted, a sobering but formulaic study of church activism against gay rights is more therapeutic than astute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 15, 2010
The film also fails to take into account the many other factors in play during the 2008 election, narrowing events down to one all-encompassing Mormon-based explanation. 8 means well, but is too blinded by its own biases to do its cause justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
August 14, 2012
This propaganda style doc is too busy evoking intolerance (ironically) and fear mongering to provoke any rational analysis of the facts.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 17, 2010
Cowan and Greenstreet are preaching to the choir.
Michelle Orange
June 17, 2010
Lamentably dry in its execution despite an almost nonstop flow of tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2010
It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 17, 2010
It's so one-sided you hardly care after a while that the side it's on is so clearly the right one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 16, 2010
The filmmakers fail to settle on one approach, so the disparate parts of this far-too-short feature (it's barely a Dateline special) cancel one another out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 17, 2010
The movie is shrill even by advocacy-doc standards.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2010
There is a message here of the necessity for tolerance, but 8: The Mormon Proposition would have been better had its makers presented it in a more consistent, artful fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 17, 2010
It's as if the filmmakers went into the project without a specific direction, aside from making an obvious statement. The resulting movie feels rambling and unfocused.
July 18, 2010
From the hard facts of the church's PR wrangling and shady financial reporting, to the human fallout of their treatment of gays both inside and outside their flock, the filmmakers hammer hard on the Mormon church.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2010
Provocative and disturbing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
June 2, 2010
The unrelenting attack on the LDS church in the documentary lets other churches and religious groups off the hook...The Mormons did not and could not secure (Prop 8's) passage all by themselves, but the film makes it look like they did.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
June 16, 2010
The Mormon Proposition is about as subjective as documentaries get. The good news is that Cowan and Greenstreet are compelling enough to convince you that only one side of this debate deserves a voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 18, 2010
A great cautionary tale.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2010
As an exposť, there could hardly be a stronger case for ensuring and strengthening the separation of church and state -- or a stronger message to gay people as to the magnitude of the challenge to win equal rights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 26, 2010
The film's powerful correlative lesson? That citizen journalism will play an important role in outing big-money political players who would like to silently put their stamp on laws from the capitalistic safety of the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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