(I) (2008)

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Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to. He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.
100
With Milk, a great San Francisco story becomes a great American story.
91
A fascinating film -- more docudrama than biopic.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
The film is superbly crafted, covering huge amounts of time, people and the zeitgeist without a moment of lapsed energy or inattention to detail.
90
Milk is a rowdy anthem of triumph, brought to an abrupt halt by Milk's personal tragedies and the unfathomable moral chaos of Dan White.
90
NPR
What sets this film entertainingly apart from most civil-rights sagas, though, are a slew of relaxed, offhandedly persuasive performances, along with the flamboyance of hippie-era San Francisco.
80
Brolin's work is superlatively expressive of the inchoate impulses roiling inside his sorry character. But good as most of the cast is, the show belongs squarely to Penn.
80
Village Voice
Milk is so immediate that it's impossible to separate the movie's moment from this one.
75
It's a testament to Van Sant's way with actors that the performances are better than the lines and that the film tugs undeniably at the heart as the awful finale falls. But a lack of poetry and freshness in the writing nags.
70
Milk is one of the most heartfelt portraits of a politician ever made--the man himself remains just out of reach.

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