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Poster Boy Reviews

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Don Willmott
December 2, 2006
We all sat around in college having the sort of angry liberal rap sessions that this film painstakingly recreates. We don't have to relive them now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
October 30, 2006
Offers an affirmation that conservatives are not ready to cast that proverbial first stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 22, 2006
The people do not reduce to issues, but we know they will hit their issues marks reliably.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
September 15, 2006
While the movie's discussion points certainly rank on par with those political thrillers, there's not enough substance for the movie to succeed on its own merits, a point underscored by posters selling the movie on Newton's perfectly airbrushed chest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 28, 2006
A polemic masquerading as a movie, Poster Boy unspools like a humorless lecture on right-wing homophobia.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 25, 2006
Although audiences will admire the film's do-it-yourself energy and commitment, Poster Boy finally collapses of its own contrived weight, deflating just when it should soar into madcap -- or at least thoughtful -- satire.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
August 25, 2006
An overwrought story of American politics and image-making that really only gets interesting in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 18, 2006
The film touches on a number of hot-button issues, including homophobia, the ethics of outing, and the intersection of public and private lives, but it suffers from an excess of subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2006
Some clunky writing and a distracting subplot limit the effectiveness of this ambitious low-budget indie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 18, 2006
Poster Boy is a muddled coming-out movie that, for no good reason, unfolds flashback style as Henry tells his story to a sleazy newspaper reporter.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 18, 2006
Tucker's heart is in the right place. His work, however, isn't: Lectures belong in school, not in the movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 10, 2006
Even with satisfying performances from the principal actors, Poster Boy is longer on energy than focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
August 10, 2006
Director Zak Tucker is a bit too fond of jump cuts as signifiers of edginess. Still, when the material doesn't get in the way he's pretty good at getting across the emotional content.
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David Rooney
August 10, 2006
Coming during a period in which the collision of politics and gay rights has created perhaps unprecedented sparks, Poster Boy is a flawed but absorbing drama.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
August 10, 2006
The tale is unnecessarily fractured and becomes increasingly didactic as it collapses into a mess of shrill big-screen activism and smugly relayed leftist ideals.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 13, 2006
Screenwriters Ryan Shiraki and Lecia Rosenthal exploit red state/blue state tensions, scripting an act-up soap opera that unintelligently panders to pro-gay sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
July 11, 2004
Aside from topicality and good intentions, the film is reasonably engaging and well acted. But it's also more than a little bit overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
April 23, 2004
By the final half-hour, Poster Boy manages a surprising amount of magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Szymanski
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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