Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Oct 25, 2012
    75
    A quiet, introspective look at how a volatile same-sex-marriage referendum played out in Maine, presents a balanced, journalistic approach to this divisive issue, but there's no doubt who leaves the biggest impression: the opponents of gay marriage.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 20, 2012
    60
    The documentary offers little to further the national discussion on this divisive topic, but its evenhandedness and unstrident tone will go down well with viewers accustomed to more heated treatments of it.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 18, 2012
    60
    Some viewers will be frustrated by the film's determination to be evenhanded, but with this same battle likely to be fought repeatedly in the coming years (the issue is again on the 2012 Maine ballot), Question One stands as a pretty good primer in how referendums are won and lost.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 16, 2012
    60
    This aesthetically undistinguished yet still engrossing documentary follows the emotionally charged lead-up to the vote on Question One, a 2009 Maine referendum that put the marriage rights of gay and lesbian couples on the state ballot.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 20, 2012
    60
    Of particular interest to gay-rights activists and their adversaries, this "War Room"-like but extremely civil documentary seems best suited to community venues and the smallscreen.
  6. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Oct 17, 2012
    70
    Curiously, the most sympathetic figure in Question One might be the co-chairman of the "Yes on 1" campaign. He knows he's on the wrong side of history and is miserable about being ordered by his diocese to fight this horrible fight, but he lacks the courage to say no to them.

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