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.
Documentary , Special Interest
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BMP Films

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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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
New York Daily News
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Moving and infuriating ...

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2015
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for Valentine Road

Intolerance is an ugly thing, it's only magnified here. Great movie about how jacked up people are and those that defend the ill, disgraceful, I hope Brandon dies of aids.

craig glaspell
craig glaspell

The tragic tale of Larry King. An openly LGBT teenager who was gunned down by a classmate after Larry had asked him to be his valentine. This HBO documentary explores how this all came about and how the system and their peers seemed to fail both boys. The tone is more sombre than angry although the defence of Brandon (the perpetrator) is rather blood boiling.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

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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