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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The film's final words are simple and to the point, and come from the retired cop, Seymour Pine: "You knew they broke the law, but what kind of law was that?" show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film gracefully telescopes a lot of information in its brief running time. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Many witnesses offer emotional recollections of the ensuing riots, but equally powerful moments come courtesy of old footage, in which anti-gay "experts" expound with a confident ignorance that sounds chillingly familiar even today. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    For an event of such seismic social importance in the modern era, the 1969 Stonewall riots went shockingly undocumented. Almost no archival footage exists, which gives Kate Davis and David Heilbroner's documentary feature Stonewall Uprising the frustrating air of an oral history lesson. But it's a vitally important one nonetheless. show more

  • 75
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    An evocative overview of anti-gay hysteria in the 1960s, a period when homosexuality was illegal in every state except Illinois. show more

  • 88
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    "This was the Rosa Parks moment,'' another participant says, "the time that gay people stood up and said, 'No.' '' show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The film takes awhile to get going -- the depiction of homophobic 1950s suburbia has a familiar feel. The movie hits its stride only when eyewitnesses to the events at the Stonewall tell their stories. show more

  • 75
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Unfortunately, for the bulk of the film's running time -- its first two-thirds or so -- Davis and Heilbroner oversaturate viewers with scene-setting material, describing the climate for gay men and lesbians in the 1950s and 1960s. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The first half of the film dusts off some kitschy picket-fence footage and alarmist news reports to invoke an era when homosexual acts were illegal in 49 states, and gays were subjected to arrest, electroshock and sterilization. show more

  • 50
    Dan Kois Washington Post

    For a movie about a groundbreaking gay rebellion, Stonewall Uprising plays it much too straight. show more

  • July 12, 2010 asarnel
    Report This User

    "Depressing" is the only word to discrive this movie. The is one thing is taking one's right's away, having rights, and "Special" rights. If you are gay or sright, you will leave with an impty feeling towards sociaty in which we live in. You will have to feel sorry as much for the gays in the 50s and 60s and the blacks at that time. I got my money back. Go see Joan Rivers. You will walk at happy.

  • June 27, 2010 slurpee813
    Report This User

    A story well-told, important and interesting; an important turning-point in history and civil rights. Thank you to all the people (gay and straight) who eventually said "enough is enough" and who paved a path for the rest of us.

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