8: The Mormon Proposition
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"8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION" exposes the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 and the religion's ongoing campaign against gay rights. The film takes place in California and Utah as Mormons, following their prophet's call to action, wage spiritual warfare with money and misinformation against gay citizens, doing everything they can to deny them of marriage and the rights that come with it. "8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION" opens in theaters on June 18th, 2010, two years after the first gay marriages took… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Provocative and disturbing."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"There is a message here of the necessity for tolerance, but 8: The Mormon Proposition would have been better had its makers presented it in a more consistent, artful fashion."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"This propaganda style doc is too busy evoking intolerance (ironically) and fear mongering to provoke any rational analysis of the facts."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The film also fails to take into account the many other factors in play during the 2008 election, narrowing events down to one all-encompassing Mormon-based explanation. 8 means well, but is too blinded by its own biases to do its cause justice."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"8: The Mormon Proposition becomes a vital, important cry for an open dialogue. It's unfortunate that one side still refuses to come to the table."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"An impassioned piece of timely agitprop."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The film's powerful correlative lesson? That citizen journalism will play an important role in outing big-money political players who would like to silently put their stamp on laws from the capitalistic safety of the shadows."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"The thing the film does best is to put a human face on the issue, to show us individuals (and couples) who were directly affected by the passing of Prop 8."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The lack of polish doesn't tarnish the truth of the story: how an institution claiming to speak for God turned its dogma into law, and shattered the lives of real, loving people in the process."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake City Weekly
"[Cowan] expands his sad and furious homegrown film to record the misery of gay Mormons sometimes driven to suicide over being rejected by their church and families."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"No matter what your stand is on gay marriage, you're bound to come out with a broader definition of family values."
‑ , New York Daily News
"From the hard facts of the church's PR wrangling and shady financial reporting, to the human fallout of their treatment of gays both inside and outside their flock, the filmmakers hammer hard on the Mormon church."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Impassioned documentary chronicles the successful 2008 Mormon campaign to make gay marriage illegal in California."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"A great cautionary tale."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
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