Stonewall Reviews

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October 11, 2017
That such a canny manipulator of audiences could grind out a melodrama so grating and clichd is hard to imagine.
November 10, 2015
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.
September 28, 2015
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 25, 2015
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
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
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.
March 4, 2019
Stonewall looks like a bargain-bin musical adaptation, not a tribute to a gay activism triumph.
August 22, 2018
The highly anticipated/dreaded foray into the birth of the contemporary gay rights movement from director Roland Emmerich reduces this watershed civil rights moment to a tepid coming-out fable.
February 15, 2018
[Roland Emmerich's] heart's in the right place, but the director of "Independence Day" is perhaps not the best person to capture the gritty and multi-racial reality of street life, then or now.
September 27, 2017
Whatever else it should be, a big-screen movie about the contemporary landmark of the LGBT civil rights movement shouldn't be this lackluster.
July 13, 2017
A wooden script, bad lines delivered by amateurish actors, bizarre plot choices, and a set that some have said bears less resemblance to Christopher Street circa 1969 than Sesame Street or the Land of Oz.
December 29, 2016
It's a good time to see Stonewall, if only to confirm the fragility of human rights and how far society has come, at least within the LGBT community.
November 10, 2016
...the execution is wholly wrong-headed.
December 4, 2015
Compared to a genuinely rousing gay-rights historical drama like Milk (2008), Stonewall falls considerably short.
October 2, 2015
Disappointing gay-rights drama has sex, language, violence.
September 30, 2015
Despite the volatile subject matter, Stonewall is a rather bland rendering.
September 28, 2015
Stonewall is such a cataclysmic disaster of a film that I'm surprised nobody has called FEMA yet to help with all the damage it's done to the GLBTQ+ community.
September 28, 2015
...spends an excruciatingly long time on a happily ever after coda (20+ minutes) about Danny and not enough of what followed after the riots.
September 27, 2015
It's a high school play-ready version of the riots, a version more focused on outside characters and related inspiring lessons than even the riots themselves, and wears the rosest-colored glasses about the dynamics of the era in which it took place.
September 27, 2015
Almost everything that could go wrong does.
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