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Making the Boys Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
March 24, 2011
For all the attention paid to the issues surrounding Boys, however, but for a handful of too-short clips, there's surprisingly little detail about the specifics of the film or play
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 25, 2011
Clayton Robey's documentary starts off wobbly before becoming a bracing cocktail of cultural, creative and personal histories.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 21, 2011
A fine new documentary about the evolution of the controversial play and subsequent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2011
Crayton Robey's documentary is a time capsule of the burgeoning gay rights era. It has poignant moments that sneak up on you. And sometimes, well, it's just trashy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 5, 2011
A slick making-and-unmaking-of documentary about the play and film that first seriously addressed American homosexuality, and its complex role in queer cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 11, 2011
The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, "Making the Boys."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 4, 2011
Engrossing and insightful, revealing the behind-the-scenes story of Mart Crowley's controversial 'Boys in the Band.'
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kent Turner
March 10, 2011
In a way, Making's director, Crayton Robey, has written a love letter to [Natalie] Wood
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Juergens
November 22, 2011
An entertaining and compelling reason to either reconsider the polarizing work or to experience it for the first time with due regard for its original context.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Charles McNulty
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2011
Almost simultaneously a groundbreaking landmark and a period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 8, 2011
Crayton Robey's documentary on this queer cultural touchstone admirably presents both sides of the divide.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
March 11, 2011
Making the Boys is fascinating recent history and a fascinating personal story as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2011
An impassioned evaluation of the cultural footprint of a landmark play considered both revolutionary and retrograde.
Armond White
New York Press
March 9, 2011
A remarkably evenhanded history.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 9, 2011
A fascinating slice of contemporary history, one that too easily could be overlooked or forgotten. Entertaining and enlightening.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 10, 2011
A comprehensive look at the creation and afterlife of a significant work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 11, 2011
Scrupulously researched, highly absorbing and worthwhile documentary about, like it or not, the seminal gay play.
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
March 22, 2011
It is hard to make a lively documentary out of talking heads, but Robey has done that as he puts the play into historical perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
April 22, 2011
Sometimes, it errs on the side of inclusiveness, with banal commentary from gay reality-TV shows. Taking the broad view mostly works, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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