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  • Summary: Outrage is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians with appalling gay rights voting records who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States' most powerful policymakers, Outrage takes a comprehensive look at the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media's complicity in keeping their secrets. With analysis from prominent members of the gay community such as Congressman Barney Frank, former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, radio personality Michelangelo Signorile, and openly gay congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Outrage probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more. Expand
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  1. A powerful new documentary that addresses the issue of "hypocritical" male politicians.
  2. 83
    Audience reaction to Outrage will depend heavily on how people feel about outing. Dick’s film probably won’t persuade anyone who finds the practice to be a loathsome and intrusive invasion of privacy, but after a relatively dry beginning, the film builds in passion and intensity until attaining a stirring cumulative power.
  3. 75
    This film is a muckraking provocation whose time has come.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Zak
    70
    A crisp, efficient, sometimes petty but often infuriating documentary about alleged gay politicians who actively campaign and vote against gay rights.
  5. While the anger of Outrage is to be expected, the surprise of the film is how much sadness you take away as well, the sadness of people who feel compelled to pretend to be what they are not.
  6. Some of the accusations feel more sordid than satisfying.
  7. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey and Outrage argue that the closet suffocates decency and happiness, and the film ends with a freeze-frame of the now-popular folk hero Harvey Milk. However, were we to give up our right to self-denial, I contend that America would cease to be a land of freedom.

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  1. ArnoldP
    May 9, 2009
    7
    Interesting but not as compelling as it should have been on material that has been already covered in the underground press. It probably will not be seen by many heterosexuals and the pity is that the hypocrisy exposed of these politicians will not be viewed by the public that needs to see it. There is much gossip aired, not concrete enough evidence that somehow feels insufficient To hear the wisdom of an Andrew Sullivan is yet worth the price of admission. Probably seen a few years ago it would have been groundbreaking, but seeing the likes of Ed Koch or a Larry Craig just makes them look pathetic. Flawed but still worthwhile film. Collapse

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