Tying the Knot
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Documentary filmmaker Jim de Sève explores the many issues behind the controversial topic of gay marriage in Tying the Knot, a film which also offers a look at how the legal and societal structures of marriage have changed with time. Tying the Knot focus on two cases of long-term gay couples whose passing led to legal squabbles between the members of their respective families over issues which would have been comparatively clear-cut if the couples had been able to legally marry. In addition, de Sève interviews activists on both sides of the issue of legally sanctioning same-sex unions, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A quietly effective exploration of the divisive subject of gay marriage in America."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"Has the good sense to take a large step back from the emotional debate surrounding the issue and scrutinize the history of marriage itself."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Tying the Knot is a flawed work that succeeds on the merits of its highly touching personal stories and its irrefutable debate."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Not only offers useful information but contains moments of gravity and pathos that genuinely touch the heart."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Probably the least controversial "controversial" documentary ever made."
‑ Larry Carroll, FilmStew.com
"Personalizes the political with two heart-rending real-life cases."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The subject is worth exploring -- unfortunately, de Seve does so in a cut-and-dried manner that never explains why these two couples were able to stay together for so long."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Offers a refreshingly strong and lucid examination of the issue, even if it's edited a bit chaotically, cross-cutting between its various strands."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Regardless which side of the argument you are on, Tying the Knot is worth seeing for its political relevance and the human stories of those caught in the middle."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"De Seve brings together the stories, documenting them and not drilling rhetorically."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"It may not be the most meticulously crafted documentary in the world, but what Tying the Knot lacks in finesse it compensates for in making a heartfelt case for the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Documentarian Jim de Seve's cogent pro-gay-marriage argument appeals equally to emotion and reason."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An empowering, optimistic experience, humanizing the issue through poignant profiles."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"It does a decent job of taking a broad issue and showing the impact it has on individuals."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Its issue is the debate over gay marriage, and director Jim de Seve does an outstanding job of humanizing the issue."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
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