Love! Valour! Compassion!


Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Giala Murray
    Potentially horribly worthy, or even irritatingly superficial, the film succeeds simply by not trying to be too clever or too intense.
  2. 60
    It's all about as white and bourgeois as you can get, but the film does take a few risks, and some actually pay off.
  3. Yet, the problem goes beyond the film's staginess (although there's plenty of that to go around). It could even have something to do with the delicate difficulties involved in the successful transfer of stage camp to the more intimate level of film.
  4. But what McNally, director Joe Mantello and a cast brought straight from the original New York stage production all accomplish is the creation of an honest, clever, poignant work about men who also happen to be gay, rather than a self-conscious polemic about gays who it turns out just happen also to be men.
  5. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    Candor about homosexuality is now so widely accepted as part of theater-film possibilities that plays and films offering not much more than such candor seem dated. In that sense Love! Valour! Compassion! is an important, if dull, milestone. [09Jun1997 Pg 30]
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Even the nasty zingers here seem tiresomely windy. [16May1997 Pg 02.D]
  7. That this is the first film for director Joe Mantello, who was nominated for a Tony for directing the stage version, may be compounding the problem. But frankly, if someone wanted to do a parody of a gay film like this, it's hard to imagine the sloganeering being much different.
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  1. cimmerianU.
    Jul 19, 2009
    This film is funny, sexy, and thought provoking.