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  • Summary: A portrait of a love story spanning two decades between a gay-rights activist and a conservative journalist during the 1970s and 1980s.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. 80
    So well is this film made, written and acted that you’d have to be a pretty big hard ass not to get pulled into the hilarious and even touching exploits of Alan and Tommy as their lives take the most unpredictable of turns. Try it, you’ll like it!
  2. If the film had allowed them to fall in love in real time, instead of to the drumbeat of history, their relationship would seem immeasurably more nuanced.
  3. Riddled with romantic and political cliches but is often redeemed by the charismatic performances of Braun and Sullivan.
  4. 50
    It doesn't help that Sullivan has twice as much screen time and half as much charisma as Braun.
  5. 50
    Uses lots of stock footage and takes looks back at America's big transitional period as though the era came in a can.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    The cataclysmic changes in attitude and lifestyles the characters pass through at irregular intervals from 1973 to 1984... seem to consist wholly of changes in hairstyle that look as wildly stereotyped and inauthentic as the gestures and lines that accompany them.
  7. It is never a good sign when the audience is two steps ahead of the characters on the screen. Waiting for them to catch up wears everyone out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Aug 15, 2011
    Beautifully written, warmly touching, funny and smart. It was win, win, win, for me and this movie. Seen it ten times and will probably see it ten times more. Collapse

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