Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 3, 2014
    100
    The stirring new documentary The Case Against 8, showcasing the lawyers and plaintiffs who challenged California's 2008 gay marriage ban, is the best kind of popular history, a film that trembles with tears and hope, and I dare you to get through it without bawling some yourself.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 5, 2014
    90
    Emotional and analytical by turn, The Case Against 8 is a thoroughly engaging documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 12, 2014
    88
    A sprawling yet engrossing documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jun 6, 2014
    88
    The Case Against 8 beautifully reminds us of the human beings who opened up their lives to the world and became representatives for one of the most important movements for equal rights this country has ever seen.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 5, 2014
    80
    Exhaustively tracking the five-year battle to overthrow California’s ban on same-sex marriage, they distill the dense legal process into a lucid narrative while illuminating the human drama of the plaintiffs, and by extension, the countless gay men and lesbians they represent.
  6. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    Jun 5, 2014
    80
    With its action taking place primarily in the beige-walled, wood-accented environs of legal offices and courthouses, The Case Against 8 compensates for its visual blandness with good old-fashioned storytelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 3, 2014
    80
    The documentary is strongest during these conference-room brainstorms, similar to those of a political campaign. (It could have used more of Boies’s witness-demolishing courtroom eloquence.) The draw here is watching a careful process unfold, regardless of the outcome.
  8. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jun 5, 2014
    70
    The Case Against 8 functions as a valuable record of the nuts-and-bolts conference room side of advocacy — an aspect of civil rights work not often seen on screen.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    There are engaging, articulate personalities here that maintain interest through a mountain of strategizing sessions and court reversals, though helmers Ben Cotner and Ryan White strike a rote note of tele-friendly inspirational uplift while risking tedium with too much repetitious content.
  10. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jun 23, 2014
    50
    The film is an almost overly thorough look at every single step along the way in the battle to bring Prop 8 down. And while that's admirable, and gay rights is certainly a fight that needs to be documented, the minutely detailed The Case Against 8 has the curious effect of dampening the drama through its approach.

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