Valentine Road


Valentine Road (2012)


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An examination of the circumstances that preceded and followed the 2008 murder of a gay eighth-grader by a classmate at their school in Oxnard, Cal.

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Critic Reviews for Valentine Road

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Haunting, heartfelt and even-handed, Valentine Road should be required viewing in teaching tolerance on middle-school and high-school campuses.

Oct 8, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
USA Today
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Valentine Road does an impressive job of making a 2008 shooting at a junior high school in Oxnard, Calif., horrifying and disheartening all over again.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…

For viewers, Brandon's action feels tragic and inexcusable. The hard part is how to respond to it, and Valentine Road, like much of "the system," doesn't suggest any easy answer.

Oct 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Moving and infuriating ...

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though the ugly phobia that gave rise to the killing and permeated the legal proceedings boils the blood, the film's tone is somber rather than angry, and its effect is quietly devastating.

Jan 29, 2013
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Plumbs the pathetic depths of intolerance and distorted compassion in one of the supposedly most liberal states in the union. Its panoramic and both-sides approach to a brutal, traumatizing act of retaliatory violence chills and stills the heart.

Aug 31, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Valentine Road

I went into this movie knowing nothing about this case. Upon seeing it, I am saddened and disgusted. The outcome of the trial made me extremely angry. I couldn't believe how flippant the jurors and Brandon's lawyers were about his actions. How dare they say that 21 years in jail is too long for someone "so young"...he murdered someone! However, I do believe this film could be a good educational tool in classrooms to teach tolerance and bring awareness.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

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