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.
September 25, 2015
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.
September 25, 2015
The film is a vital, evocative reminder of a turbulent time that paved the way for hard-fought freedoms. For that alone, it's of value for younger audiences, gay or straight.
September 24, 2015
Stonewall isn't good, but it's not quite as bad as you might imagine.
September 24, 2015
Overall, the effect is closer to a Monty Python skit or a Village People music vid than a serious film about civil rights.
September 24, 2015
There's a curious weightlessness about many key scenes.
September 24, 2015
What Stonewall lacks in narrative power it makes up for with energy, sincerity and heart.
September 24, 2015
For its two-hour-plus duration, the movie struggles to fuse incompatible concepts.
September 24, 2015
Rather than the sophisticated telling the tale deserved, "Stonewall" winds up being as shallow and artless as the wide-eyed naif at its center.
September 24, 2015
The film is plainly a meaningful project for the openly gay Emmerich and Baitz. Stonewall carries tremendous symbolic weight for millions the world over. So why this white-bread generica?
September 24, 2015
Consider "Stonewall" a place holder until a better movie arrives.
September 24, 2015
This is an OK movie about a serious subject and an important milestone in the road to gay freedom and equality. It's just a shame it didn't accomplish the kind of cinematic punch as did the Oscar-winning Milk.
September 24, 2015
Despite [Emmerich's] noble intentions, the movie is just as ham-handed and formulaic as any of his popcorn movies.
September 24, 2015
The big problem is that Stonewall is fundamentally confused, mixed up to the point where a viewer wouldn't be able to tell why the Stonewall Riots happened if they didn't already know.
September 24, 2015
What an oddly tone-deaf film.
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