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Poster Boy Reviews

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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.
| 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
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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.
| 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
Variety
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.