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As an ordinary coming-of-age drama, Stonewall is merely dull and scattered -- but as an attempt to depict a pivotal moment in American history, it's offensively bad. Read critic reviews

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Kicked out by his parents, a gay teenager (Jeremy Irvine) leaves small-town Indiana for New York's Greenwich Village, where growing discrimination against the LGBT community leads to riots on June 28, 1969.

Cast & Crew

Jonny Beauchamp
Ray Castro
Matt Craven
Deputy Seymour Pine
David Cubitt
Coach Winters
Ben Sullivan
Quiet Paul
Andrea Frankle
Joyce Winters
Jon Robin Baitz
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Michael Fossat
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Adam Press
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Kirstin Winkler
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Michael Roban
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Markus Förderer
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  • It feels like Emmerich couldn't help but make his Stonewall a mashup of My Own Private Idaho and Independence Day.

    February 9, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Stonewall is a movie about a pivotal moment in LGBT history as filtered through the perspective of a fictional hunk of Wonder Bread named Danny who steps off a bus from Indiana and right into a central role in the Christopher Street scene.

    November 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Stonewall Riots were a triumph for a marginalized community, but Emmerich fails to convey the significance of the event in any meaningful fashion. The subject matter deserves better, and so do we.

    September 28, 2015 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • more than bad and worse than disappointing, a tragic distortion of a vitally important story that insults the people it tries to honor and insults its audience as well.

    September 25, 2015 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • It's a self-financed passion project, from a man who might be the most financially successful out gay filmmaker ever. We should be celebrating this, but man, oh man, does he make it difficult.

    September 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Although handsomely crafted, well-acted and made with transparently noble intentions, Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall" is a movie that seems destined to please almost no one.

    September 25, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 02, 2016
    A meandering mess that seems to hate its characters.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2016
    "Stonewall" is probably one of Roland Emmerich's better films -- which isn't necessarily high praise considering the number of stinkers he's given us. Neither the significance of the Stonewall nor of the riots are explained very well, and none of the characters have much going for them in the interesting or likability departments. However, some of the particular struggles and injustices facing the LGBT community are set forth effectively. Overall, it's an adequate film worth seeing, but it is not likely to linger on your mind after leaving the theater.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2015
    I can't shake the feeling that this cheap fantasy is Emmerich's Showgirls, with cheap acting, dialogue and structure (what's with those intrusive flashbacks?), and it reduces the Stonewall riots to a minor scuffle in the life of a white-bread, Dorothy-like jock in Christopher Street the Land of Oz.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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