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Milk (2008)


Gus Van Sant

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Plot Summary

His life changed history. His courage changed lives. Academy Award® winner Sean Penn stars in this stirring celebration of Harvey Milk, a true man of the people. Based on the inspiring true story of the first openly gay man elected to major public office, this compelling film follows Milk's powerful journey to inspire hope for equal rights during one of the least tolerant times in our nation's history. With a stunning all-star, cast including Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and James Franco, it's the emotionally charged story that was proclaimed the Winner of The New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Award!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 227
  • Fresh: 213
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sean Penn gives a meticulously detailed performance as the cagey and charismatic pol, but credit should also go to Dustin Lance Black, whose script squarely locates Milk at the center of his community, his city, and his cause. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: At the moment, it's my favorite movie of the year. – Cole Haddon,, Sep 20, 2011

Fresh: The film belongs to Sean Penn -- he inhabits Harveya(TM)s sweetness, his astuteness, his courage and determination. – Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The real Milk - a former avid Republican, an egotist and to some a difficult man - seemed worthy of a dense, conflicted biopic. In the end, we have to be satisfied with Penn, doing Penn, doing Penn. – Kevin Maher, Little White Lies, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Sean Penn gives the performance of his career in "Milk"

"Milk" is a beautifully told story elevated by the mesmerizing performance by Sean Penn playing Harvey Milk. This is a very important film, that shouldn't be missed. Out of all the films nominated this year for Best Picture, this was the only one in my opinion truly deserving of the nomination and should have won. From the well written screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, to the energetic feel and life brought to the screen by Gus Van Sant's direction. This is the year's best film.

Best movie of 2008

Milk is an unbelieveable movie. Not only does it rais awareness for gay civil right, but Sean Penn's delivers the performance of a lifetime that will resonate with you for quite some time. You get lost in Penn's Oscar-winning portrayal of slain gay activist and politian Harvey Milk. The supporting cast is lovable, eccentric, and bring much depth to the movie. The cinematography is beautiful, along with the amazing use of period-footage. Dustin Lance Black's script deserved the Oscar it won as well, for reasons which you will understand while watching the movie. All-in-all, the best movie of 2008, if not the decade.

Should have won best picture

This movie weaves a tapestry of modern history. A must see.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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