Milk (2008)

In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by Sean Penn's powerhouse performance, Milk is a triumphant account of America's first openly gay man elected to public office.

Cole Haddon

At the moment, it's my favorite movie of the year.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Perhaps it is simply an accident of timing that puts Milk in theaters at this moment. But fate or simple fortunate timing, Milk arrives as one of the best films of 2008.

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Hilton Als
The New York Review of Books

[Dustin Lance] Black's attempts to dress up this schema in the gay trappings afforded by his subject do nothing to meaningfully pervert the form-or Milk's emotional tidiness.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Sean Penn gives a meticulously detailed performance as the cagey and charismatic pol, but credit should also go to Dustin Lance Black, whose script squarely locates Milk at the center of his community, his city, and his cause.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Penn's performance is a marvelous act of empathy in a movie that, for all its surprisingly conventional style, measures up to its stirring subject.

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Sean Axmaker

Penn's performance is inspiring, a transformation that finds the heart and soul of a historical figure and sends blood pumping through a man who has become practically deified over the decades.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The story is sad, but the mood is jubilant and the energy relentless.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Milk is an agitprop fantasy about the selflessness of sainthood. If anybody but Penn was playing the saint, we'd probably feel as if we were being sold a bill of goods. Instead, he just about pulls it off. Such is the treachery of talent.

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Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling

While making a political, historical biopic, Van Sant managed, concurrently, to make a visually beautiful, emotionally thrilling and surprisingly personal work of art.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
One of the most moving and remarkable films of the past decade. Milk is an extraordinary and extremely well-made film about the final eight years of the life… More
Graham Jones
Penn and Brolin's performances are absolutely brilliant. Van Sant does an amazing job telling a story that needed to be told. RIP Harvey.
Christian C
Great film with strong performances by the entire cast. An important part of American history that is under-reported to the general public. Any American… More
Mark Walker
When he's not making 'arthouse' cinema or experimenting with his medium, director Gus Vant Sant is very capable of delivering well structured… More
Raymond Wieser
Milk rests on Sean Penn's powerhouse performance as Harvey Milk. Without his mesmerizing performance, the film would not be what it is... Chronicling the… More
Jim Careter
As mch as my dislike for Sean penn, this film and his performance were great. A classic and truthful movie.