Tying the Knot
Tying the Knot (2004)

The surviving partners of two separate homosexual marriages in which their spouse died must deal with both the emotional, logistic, and legal turmoil that comes along with both the law and society at large failing to recognize the validity… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

A quietly effective exploration of the divisive subject of gay marriage in America.

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Stephen Holden
New York 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.

David Cornelius

Tying the Knot is a flawed work that succeeds on the merits of its highly touching personal stories and its irrefutable debate.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Personalizes the political with two heart-rending real-life cases.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Offers a refreshingly strong and lucid examination of the issue, even if it's edited a bit chaotically, cross-cutting between its various strands.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

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 O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Documentarian Jim de Seve's cogent pro-gay-marriage argument appeals equally to emotion and reason.

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Marc Mohan

An empowering, optimistic experience, humanizing the issue through poignant profiles.

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Not one for crying during films, I confess that a tear welled in my eye on more than one occasion while watching this documentary on the societal constructs of… More
Jason Vargo
Even a documentary has to be able to tell a narrative story successfully. Tying the Knot doesn't. It skips from one story to another, jumping in at… More