The Laramie Project
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The Laramie Project
Laramie, WY, is a small town which became infamous overnight in the fall of 1998, when Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten and left to die, setting off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and homophobia. A month after the crime, Moises Kaufman, a writer and director with the New York City theater troupe the Tectonic Theater Project, traveled to Laramie with a handful of actors to interview people who lived in and around Laramie in preparation for an upcoming production; Kaufman's goal was to create a play that focused not on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The bottom line is the piece works brilliantly."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Though well-intentioned, dealing with the relevant issues of hate crimes and gay bashing, artisticaly speaking, Moises Kaufman's film, the opening night of 2001 Sundance Fest, is quite disappointing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a compelling and horrifying story, and The Laramie Project is worthwhile for reminding us that this sort of thing does, in fact, still happen in America."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"The film does give a pretty good overall picture of the situation in Laramie following the murder of Matthew Shepard."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The Laramie Project is not really about Matthew Shepard but about this question of identification with Matthew, and of identification with the larger community of Laramie that admitted, sustained, eliminated, grieved, and civilly avenged Matthew."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"a potent, thought-provoking drama that offers insight not only into Shepard's case, but into the changing attitudes of Americans in general."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Kaufman creates an eerie sense of not only being there at the time of these events but the very night Matthew was killed."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"... a workmanlike film and important in that it will reach a large audience with a story that needs to be told."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"A fascinating chorus of outrage and sadness, hatred and hope."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"questions our basic humanity, and gives an accurate picture of the current state of affairs of tolerance in America's schizoid version of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"
‑ John A. Nesbit,
"Utter mush... conceited pap."
‑ Christopher Null,
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