Before Stonewall Reviews

October 15, 2020
They excavate the well-hidden pockets of gay life that existed a century ago or more...
May 28, 2020
Co-directors Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg do an impressive job of finding people who recall those bygone years with great clarity.
May 28, 2020
Thank God for Stonewall and the bravery of the people who put everything on the line for liberty and love.
May 28, 2020
It may sound kind of worthy, but in fact it's an utterly fascinating slice of social history.
May 28, 2020
Before Stonewall captures an impressive array of voices and is especially noteworthy for the number of men and women of color with whom Schiller spoke.
July 29, 2019
Engrossing, tightly constructed and exhaustively researched.
July 5, 2019
Join[s] Paris Is Burning (1990) and How to Survive a Plague (2012) in the top tier of documentaries concerning LGBTQ+ history and culture.
June 30, 2019
Its archival footage is extensive and the stories told by its talking heads are full of the sort of elder wisdom and poignant recollection that remains a potent testament 35 years later.
June 26, 2019
"Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community..." remains a vital, well-told, if slightly rough-around-the-edges chronicle of LGBTQ history from the early 20th century to 1969's birth of the modern gay rights movement.
June 11, 2019
I do recommend the film, especially for straight viewers.
January 26, 2006
Its politics are sensible, the life stories touching, warm and funny, and the archive stuff camper than Butlin's empire.
August 20, 2005
Fascinating history of 20th Century Gay America
January 8, 2005
November 23, 2004
September 18, 2004
A modest and intelligent film.
May 21, 2004
This is a documentary that can tell the sometimes bitter truth and still conclude with an unambiguously heartening flourish.
September 1, 2002
Before Stonewall stands as a competent documentary, straight-forward without any great cinematic techniques that stand out