Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes.
  2. The highly emotional documentary is narrated by Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter for “Milk,” who, like Mr. Cowan, is gay and grew up in a Mormon household.
  3. 40
    A chaotic sequence midway through shows Mormon and gay-rights protesters shouting abuse at each other in San Francisco, and that's pretty much what the whole movie feels like.
  4. The interviews throughout are the best part of the movie - the least heavy-handed, yet most effective, element. There is a message here of the necessity for tolerance, but 8: The Mormon Proposition would have been better had its makers presented it in a more consistent, artful fashion.
  5. There’s little of the Church’s perspective in this doc, but you can’t really fault the filmmakers--Mormon leaders refused several overtures to participate. Read more: http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/film/86550/the-mormon-proposition-film-review#ixzz0r2j38wUF
  6. 50
    The flaws pale against what's illustrated, which is not just how Prop. 8 passed, but the sordid, cynical workings of our political machine.
  7. 50
    A deeply felt, and numbingly partisan, documentary about how the Mormon Church both bankrolled and masterminded passage of the initiative.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. BenJ.
    Jun 19, 2010
    8
    California's Prop 8 impacted the lives of real people. The film explores that impact and provides background as to why the Mormon California's Prop 8 impacted the lives of real people. The film explores that impact and provides background as to why the Mormon community felt that it needed to bankroll the election. The film had some rough transitions, but overall the message was sobering. It is scary what otherwise good people can do when they think that God is on their side. Full Review »
  2. Adam
    Jun 19, 2010
    0
    This is completely one-sided. A gay person's attempt at making it seem like it was the "Mormon" church that was solely responsible for This is completely one-sided. A gay person's attempt at making it seem like it was the "Mormon" church that was solely responsible for Prop 8. It fails to acknowledge that it isn't the church at all but thousands of Christians from all different denominations that were involved in denying gays to marry. This whole issue has nothing to even do with equal rights. The film maker needs to stop feeling so upset because he can't marry his boyfriend and recognize that the majority of people do not support gay marriage. Until a film is made that does not point the finger at one group against gay marriage then there won't be one worth watching. Full Review »
  3. WesleyC.
    Jun 18, 2010
    10
    I live in Palm Springs, CA and I went to see a movie on Prop 8 even though I knew it all. OMG, the movie revealed things I didnt know about I live in Palm Springs, CA and I went to see a movie on Prop 8 even though I knew it all. OMG, the movie revealed things I didnt know about Prop 8, Mormon's, Brigham Young University, suicide rates of Utah Mormon Youth and elected Utah officials. Many statements and images will never leave my mind and ears! Full Review »