Hate Crime
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Robbie Levinson and Trey McCoy, a gay couple in their late 20s, gain an unwanted conflict when Chris Boyd, the son of a fundamentalist preacher, moves in next door. Trey is brutally attacked, lapses into a coma and later dies. Robbie and Trey's parents, Barbara and Jim, must deal not only with the devastation of Trey's death, but also with police bureaucracy. After Robbie himself becomes the prime suspect, he and Barbara, both disillusioned with the legal system, decide to take justice into their own hands, attempting to carry out a plan of revenge.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"First-time director Stovall renders all with the kitchen-lit, squarely composed aesthetic of timid prime-time TV, and his moral schema is no less ordinary."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"... a flawed film that frequently tries to rise above standard TV dramas of the week."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"Call it too much fuel to the fire in a misguided effort to bring home the tragedy of gay hate crimes."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"One day, a truly original screenplay will be written in which churchgoing, beer-drinking Southerners will be portrayed as something other than evil hypocrites."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Well-intentioned but convoluted thriller."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film never rises above its cry now-avenge later Lifetime Channel sensibilities."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"A well-meaning but hopelessly stilted melodrama, Hate Crime sacrifices good intentions with its mediocrity of execution."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"deserves praise, even the political viewpoints lack any subtlety whatsoever."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Well-meaning but deeply flawed."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
"While Stovall's study of hate crimes is well acted, and with the right intentions, it can never get off the ground and feel like a unique dissection, and still comes off as an episode of a cop show in the end."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"The portrait of the Boyds is painted by Tommy Stovall, the film's writer and director, with such broad and venomous strokes that if the gay characters had been portrayed in the same way, the film would rightly be seen as bigoted."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What is not entirely clear is what Hate Crime adds to the equation that hasn't been done before."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Variety
"An intelligent, well-acted, tense drama that is challenging in its moral complexity."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"It takes a turn toward vigilante justice, Texas-style, where everybody has a gun. They trade a hate crime for a crime of hate, and that mixed message overshadows the potential of this film."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
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