• Released
  • January 25, 1997
  • Comedy Drama
    Gay & Lesbian Films
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90

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
The best thing the filmmakers did was to pull a cast out of the stage productions. Importantly, the actors convey a sense of history and comfort with each other.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
But the great revelation in this version is the terrific, beautifully controlled work of Alexander -- Seinfeld's most gifted actor, whose recent movie roles have not allowed him to show his range.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
McNally adapted his Tony-award winning play for the screen, and for once a movie is an improvement on the stage version.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
There are endearing and powerful moments which thankfully overshadow the occasional clichéd passages.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's rare for homosexuals in mainstream motion pictures to be presented as individuals rather than icons; Love! Valour! Compassion! defies tradition by proffering its characters as real people with believable problems.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Yet Love! Valour! Compassion! has power and insight, and perhaps what makes it strong is its disinterest in technical experiments: It is about characters and dialogue, expressed through good acting--the very definition of the "well-made play."
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Most of the cast (along with director Joe Mantello) have been recruited from the stage play, and they all do a fine job of trimming their performances for the screen.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's all about as white and bourgeois as you can get, but the film does take a few risks, and some actually pay off.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
But what McNally, director Joe Mantello and a cast brought straight from the original New York stage production all accomplish is the creation of an honest, clever, poignant work about men who also happen to be gay, rather than a self-conscious polemic about gays who it turns out just happen also to be men.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even the nasty zingers here seem tiresomely windy. [16May1997 Pg 02.D]
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59 out of 100
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