• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 23, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 24, 2012
    80
    It's a nicely assembled, topical film that gives us both a sweeping view of gay rights across almost 30 years, as well as an intimate look at an extraordinary person swept up in those times.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jul 24, 2012
    100
    Outspoken yet charismatic, politically radical yet traditionalist in his love of family, the man is captured in all his complexity.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 24, 2012
    75
    Schwartz's workmanlike film nonetheless gives us a detailed portrait of the man as well as the activist.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 24, 2012
    80
    The smooth telling of Russo's story juxtaposed against the present day, when gay marriage is sanctioned in some states and gay characters are all over prime-time television, drives home how different the cultural landscape is from the one Russo knew.
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 24, 2012
    80
    As a documentary, Vito is fairly straightforward, but by finding a thread connecting Russo's life, his passions and his times, it manages to be something more.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 24, 2012
    70
    The first half of Vito plays almost like a 45-minute "It Gets Better" ad. [Then] Vito exchanges its subtle storytelling technique for a sobering session of gay rights homework, resembling a recent raft of documentaries about the early years of the AIDS crisis.

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