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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    90
    The best thing the filmmakers did was to pull a cast out of the stage productions. Importantly, the actors convey a sense of history and comfort with each other.
  2. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    80
    It is so sharply written and entertaining that in its stage-to-screen transfer the material easily overcomes its theatrical sensibility and the static direction of Joe Mantello, who also staged the Broadway production.
  3. 80
    Yet the pride and sympathy McNally brings to his characters reminds us how far gay film has progressed from the long, self-lacerating whine of "The Boys in the Band".
  4. Most of the cast (along with director Joe Mantello) have been recruited from the stage play, and they all do a fine job of trimming their performances for the screen.
  5. Reviewed by: Giala Murray
    60
    Potentially horribly worthy, or even irritatingly superficial, the film succeeds simply by not trying to be too clever or too intense.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Even the nasty zingers here seem tiresomely windy. [16May1997 Pg 02.D]
  7. Love! Valour! Compassion!, an adaptation of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play, which has piano music and exclamation points to spare, is excruciatingly predictable, creatively inane and almost offensive in its depiction of gay characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. cimmerianU.
    Jul 19, 2009
    10
    This film is funny, sexy, and thought provoking.

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