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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Crowley's biting portrait feels painfully dated, but in a way that's the point: Pioneers fight so those who follow can take their battles for granted. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The most illuminating nuggets come from playwrights, authors and journalists, including Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer, Michael Cunningham, Paul Rudnick, Dan Savageand the late Dominick Dunne, who helped get the movie version made. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, Making the Boys. show more

  • 80
    Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine

    Making the Boys is at once political and personal. It is a history lesson, a sociological study and a memoir. It is a tale told with warmth and humor. And it is irresistible. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Ignore the documentary's regrettable low-rent look and that kitschy "Love, American Style" soundtrack, and just focus on how this portrait turns a work of art into a sociological flash point. show more

  • 90
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    Captivating documentary about the creation of, and reaction to, the breakthrough play "The Boys in the Band." show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    Making the Boys reveals just how bound up Crowley's play is with the history of the gay community, most heartbreakingly in the number of original company members who died from AIDS. show more

  • 70

    Though some of this material is fascinating, it feels like a rambling postscript to the real story, with Robey, with the benefit of hindsight, too eager to make "The Boys in the Band" snugly fit in the grand sweep of gay history, right down to California's Prop. 8. show more

  • 60
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Crayton Robey's documentary on this queer cultural touchstone admirably presents both sides of the divide. show more

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