Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. The final result somehow undersells a man whose life and death were watershed moments in the gay rights movement.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 292 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 103
  2. Negative: 17 out of 103
  1. DerekW.
    Feb 28, 2009
    9
    Mixed with actual footage from the time, this movie recounts the incredible achievement and sudden murder of a charismatic and really Mixed with actual footage from the time, this movie recounts the incredible achievement and sudden murder of a charismatic and really determined homosexual man, thrust into activism by his personal experience of American homophobia, fear-fuelled religious bigotry and ignorance. The story should give everyone with a keen sense of injustice and the power to communicate, the hope to persevere. Harvey Milk's message is most cogently communicated in landmark live debates and public speeches that invoke the Constitution of the United States, and the Statue of Liberty dedication, two cornerstones of democracy that underpin the struggle for freedom of other oppressed demographics in the United States. I was struck by the performance of Sean Penn and his unbelievably hot on-screen boyfriend James Franco. Penn and script writer Dustin Black won Oscars for this movie, and I believe that will contribute significantly to this movie's longevity. It is mainly of interest to those who, like myself, have lived through the dark ages when homosexuality resulted in discrimination, disenfranchisement, imprisonment, violence, ostracism from family and condemnation by The Church. Given that homosexuals are a minority, it will never be a blockbuster, but to us and our families and to historians of curiosity, it is a milestone accomplishment. Speaking for myself, I felt compelled to support this movie even though it is a very painful experience to relive those horrible days, and surprised myself by my immersion in the story, even laughing out loud at some of its lighter moments. Full Review »
  2. Steve
    Dec 8, 2008
    8
    The performance that Sean Penn gives is very good. You could tell when watching the movie that Sean Penn was truly dedicated to playing the The performance that Sean Penn gives is very good. You could tell when watching the movie that Sean Penn was truly dedicated to playing the role of Harvey Milk. He totally immersed himself into the lead character acting with strong conviction, absolute confidence and complete believability. Full Review »
  3. Adam
    Dec 6, 2008
    10
    Milk is one of those rare movies that tries to be many things, and succeeds at all of them. This is a film that can provoke change, open Milk is one of those rare movies that tries to be many things, and succeeds at all of them. This is a film that can provoke change, open eyes, and change lives. I know it changed mine. Full Review »