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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 282 Ratings

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  1. Aug 18, 2013
    2
    A pathetic movie that was extremely boring with James Franco that gets on my nerves every time I see him on screen. A good attempt that failed miserably.
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84

Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. The film is superbly crafted, covering huge amounts of time, people and the zeitgeist without a moment of lapsed energy or inattention to detail.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Brolin's work is superlatively expressive of the inchoate impulses roiling inside his sorry character. But good as most of the cast is, the show belongs squarely to Penn.
  3. Milk is one of the most heartfelt portraits of a politician ever made--the man himself remains just out of reach.