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Milk (2008)

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Gus Van Sant

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About the Movie

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: 233
  • Fresh: 218
  • Rotten: 15
  • 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: Harvey repeats throughout the film, "you've gotta give 'em hope." He did the legwork. The film is just a reminder. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Nov 2, 2014

Fresh: The film itself can be taken as an act of testimony, mingling archival footage with re-enactments and immediacy with nostalgia. – Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This movie was incredible. Sean Penn did a AMAZING job as Harvey Milk. Considering who Sean Penn is, this role was a huge step for him. My father has worked with him, and has said that Penn isn't the most gentle of men, hehe (: His portrayal of Milk was outstanding. Worth every penny! (:

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 film

Best film ever (literally, I actually thought about every film I've seen and this is the best). See it. I beg of you. See it.

Milk (2008)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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