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About the Movie
Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, & Michael Shannon give acclaimed performances in this stirring film based on a true story. After detective Laurel Hester (Moore) is diagnosed with cancer, she learns that government officials won't award her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie (Page). Refusing to accept the officials' decision, Laurel & Stacie lead a battle for equal rights in this unforgettable movie that speaks to the power of love & the pursuit of justice.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 130
- Fresh: 61
- Rotten: 69
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: It hits the right sentimental moments but doesn't truly touch hearts as it settles into courtroom drama mode.
Rotten: Page and Julianne Moore, who plays Hester, have an easy if not electric chemistry, but they seem hamstrung by the movie-of-the-week tropes and Peter Sollett's plodding direction.
Fresh: Julianne Moore and Ellen Page deliver two terrific performances. You get a strong sense of the bond and connection that existed between their respective characters.
Fresh: The citizens-vs-city hall story has a distinct Frank Capra resonance to it, especially when a media-savvy gay activist, played superbly by Steve Carell, chimes in with his dial-a-crowd protesters.
Could have been much (much) better
Love Julianne Moore and she does a good job here. But the movie seemed to move too quickly from their first meeting to the illness -- and let's face it, dying isn't upbeat. Steve Carell was annoying and cartoonish. "Based on..." means just that and we trust Hollywood to smooth out the edges. A butch becomes the pixie Ellen Page, etc. Whoever Carell's character might or might not have been -- wow, what a bad play. Michael Shannon was aso great, but Carell -- whom I normally like -- hits all the wrong notes. Playing a super queen for laughs just doesn't work in 2015. And the film seems undecided about what it is at its essence.. Is it about gay marriage? about gay rights? Is it just a love story? I think it could have been much better: show the lovers more, get to know them; end with the yes vote on the pension, skip the funeral; get rid of the Carell figure altogether, or tone down dramatically. I'm disappointed it wasn't better.
This movie I didn't enjoy. Far too many cliché. Worth renting but don't expect the wow factor. 🌟🌟