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Stonewall (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent's home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born. -- (C) Roadside Attractions
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    R (for sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug use)
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Cast

Ron Perlman
as Ed Murphy
Caleb Landry Jones
as Orphan Annie
Joey King
as Phoebe
Jonny Beauchamp
as Ray/Ramona
Matt Craven
as D.I. Seymour Pine
David Cubitt
as Coach Winters
Karl Glusman
as Joe Altman
Ben Sullivan
as Quiet Paul
Marsha P. Johnson
as Saint of Christopher Street
Otoja Abit
as Marsha
Larry Day
as Dep. Jack Smythe
Mark Camacho
as Fat Tony
Frank Schorpion
as Sgt. Walter Healds
Michael McNally
as Grey Haired Man
Alan C. Peterson
as Man In Red Dress
Richard Jutras
as Queen Tooey
Arthur Holden
as Frank Kameny
Tony Calabretta
as Mr. Pugliese
Kevin Benoit
as Blond Frankie
Bronwen Mantel
as Night Class Teacher
Kevin Kelsall
as Longshoreman
Jane Wheeler
as Mrs. Henderson
Guy Sprung
as Morrison
Kwasi Songui
as Big Daddy
Bill Rowat
as Sheriff
Kent McQuaid
as Burly Cop
Rebecca Croll
as Female Officer #1
Jean Nicolai
as Female Officer #2
Wade Lynch
as Buick Driver
David Rigby
as NY Taxi Driver
Kevin Raymond St-Jean
as Trevor's New Boy
Kevin Woodhouse
as Hotel Manager
Lisa Bronwyn Moore
as Joe's Mother
Alexandre Clairoux
as Locker Room Football Player #2
Myla Zane
as Magoo
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Critic Reviews for Stonewall

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (27)

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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2015
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2015
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Danny isn't all that interesting. And the sadder fact is that the filmmakers seem to know that, but worry an audience won't identify with a more flamboyant character. So they present this safer, paler alternative.

September 25, 2015
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

There may be a good movie to be made about the Stonewall riots, which triggered much of the gay power movement in 1970, but "Stonewall" isn't it.

Full Review… | September 25, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stonewall

½

A good movie with strong actors and only few faults. I skipped this one in theaters, not because of the backlash, but because of the horrible reviews which seemed to indicate a bad movie in its own right. Imagine my surprise when I finally got to see it and experienced a very good mainstream retelling of the Stonewall riots. It's a pity it got buried so badly under the unthinking criticism for real and imagined historical inaccuracies. Yes, the main protagonist is fictional. No, we do not know who threw the first punch or stone. No, the Stonewall riots are not 'whitewashed' in this movie, look at the pictures from that night.

Flo Vo
Flo Vo

I can't shake the feeling that this cheap fantasy is Emmerich's Showgirls, with cheap acting, dialogue and structure (what is it 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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A meandering mess that seems to hate its characters.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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