• Released
  • March 16, 2006
63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The story is sometimes overwritten, often overwrought, includes an overheard conversation on the "Nancy Drew" level, and yet holds our attention and contains surprises right until the end.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Stovall's film could have been a little shorter and a lot tighter.
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50

Variety

An apt follow-up to the two Matthew Shepard-themed movies that aired on TV in 2002.
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50

Village Voice

When Hate Crime confounds expectations, it transcends the whodunit-of-the-week template. On the other hand, when the plot gets lost in irrational revenge fantasies, you'll wish you had stayed home watching reruns.
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40

Film Threat

It sadly really never lives up to the potential and excellence it's really capable of.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
A well-meaning but hopelessly stilted melodrama, Hate Crime sacrifices good intentions with its mediocrity of execution.
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40

Chicago Reader

This melodrama by writer-director Tommy Stovall has a good premise, but he undercuts it with contrived plot twists, pedestrian pacing, and mostly two-dimensional characters.
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40

The New York Times

With a little more subtlety - and a lot less predictability - the movie might have played more like a thoughtful drama and less like an outrageous exercise in wish fulfillment.
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40

L.A. Weekly

By Ernest Hardy
The road to moviegoing hell is paved with well-intentioned queer cinema, and Hate Crime is a red stone on that path.
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41 out of 100
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