Milk

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 306 Ratings

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  • Summary: In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to unionIn 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. (Focus Features) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Slate
    Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    100
    Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black pull off something very close to magic. They make a film that's both historically precise and as graceful, unpredictable, and moving as a good fiction film--that is to say, a work of art.
  2. 100
    Harvey Milk was an intriguing, inspiring figure. Milk is a marvel.
  3. 100
    Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to. He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.
  4. Whatever you think of gay people (or politicians), you may find the movie compelling viewing.
  5. More than acting, though, Penn's performance is a marvelous act of empathy in a movie that, for all its surprisingly conventional style, measures up to its stirring subject.
  6. 75
    It's a testament to Van Sant's way with actors that the performances are better than the lines and that the film tugs undeniably at the heart as the awful finale falls. But a lack of poetry and freshness in the writing nags.
  7. The final result somehow undersells a man whose life and death were watershed moments in the gay rights movement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 107
  2. Negative: 17 out of 107
  1. JoyceT.
    Dec 20, 2008
    10
    My highest compliment--this is a movie I wish I'd made. It makes politics and history thrilling and stretches the viewers' empathy. My highest compliment--this is a movie I wish I'd made. It makes politics and history thrilling and stretches the viewers' empathy. Gus Van Sant has surpassed himself here. Expand
  2. RichardS
    Apr 6, 2009
    10
    A shame that there is no audio commentary on the DVD. Would have been nice to hear the thoughts of the people involved in the making of this A shame that there is no audio commentary on the DVD. Would have been nice to hear the thoughts of the people involved in the making of this wonderful slice of American LGBT history. Expand
  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. Expand
  4. FrankO.
    Jan 31, 2009
    9
    This is an outstanding movie directed by Gus Van Slant. Sean Penn deserves the Oscar for best actor of 2008. This movie is important because This is an outstanding movie directed by Gus Van Slant. Sean Penn deserves the Oscar for best actor of 2008. This movie is important because it provides a history of the gay right struggle in America. It captures the struggle in an accurate and newsworthy manner. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2013
    8
    Overall, It's simply a good movie. Sean Penn is amazing and the rest of the cast is good as well. It has an interesting story that will touchOverall, It's simply a good movie. Sean Penn is amazing and the rest of the cast is good as well. It has an interesting story that will touch a lot of people's hearts. I enjoyed it. Expand
  6. CommandoDude
    Dec 27, 2008
    6
    The reason I rated this movie so low, is because it is a movie I would not like to watch a second time. Now. It was very dramatic, and at The reason I rated this movie so low, is because it is a movie I would not like to watch a second time. Now. It was very dramatic, and at times...humorous, but only at times. I didn't like it because it had FAR too much gay stuff in it then was needed. Lots of guy kissing, and naked men. I do not want to see that. Humor was lost on most of the time in favor of this epic but not-so epic struggle against oppression. I feel Milk could have been a lot better then it was. Expand
  7. Paul
    Feb 6, 2009
    0
    Milk is an appropiate title: it milked me for my admission and left me wondering if I should get up and walk out. A complete butchery of the Milk is an appropiate title: it milked me for my admission and left me wondering if I should get up and walk out. A complete butchery of the real events and man, which is a great shame, as the real story is very interesting. Expand

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