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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A well-meaning but hopelessly stilted melodrama, Hate Crime sacrifices good intentions with its mediocrity of execution. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The story is sometimes overwritten, often overwrought, includes an overheard conversation on the "Nancy Drew" level, and yet holds our attention and contains surprises right until the end. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Stovall's film could have been a little shorter and a lot tighter. show more

  • 40
    Film Threat

    It sadly really never lives up to the potential and excellence it's really capable of. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    When Hate Crime confounds expectations, it transcends the whodunit-of-the-week template. On the other hand, when the plot gets lost in irrational revenge fantasies, you'll wish you had stayed home watching reruns. show more

  • 50

    An apt follow-up to the two Matthew Shepard-themed movies that aired on TV in 2002. show more

  • 40
    Ernest Hardy L.A. Weekly

    The road to moviegoing hell is paved with well-intentioned queer cinema, and Hate Crime is a red stone on that path. show more

  • 40
    The New York Times

    With a little more subtlety - and a lot less predictability - the movie might have played more like a thoughtful drama and less like an outrageous exercise in wish fulfillment. show more

  • 40
    Chicago Reader

    This melodrama by writer-director Tommy Stovall has a good premise, but he undercuts it with contrived plot twists, pedestrian pacing, and mostly two-dimensional characters. show more

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