90

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Captivating documentary about the creation of, and reaction to, the breakthrough play "The Boys in the Band."
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80

Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
Making the Boys is at once political and personal. It is a history lesson, a sociological study and a memoir. It is a tale told with warmth and humor. And it is irresistible.
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80

Los Angeles Times

Making the Boys reveals just how bound up Crowley's play is with the history of the gay community, most heartbreakingly in the number of original company members who died from AIDS.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, Making the Boys.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

The most illuminating nuggets come from playwrights, authors and journalists, including Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer, Michael Cunningham, Paul Rudnick, Dan Savageand the late Dominick Dunne, who helped get the movie version made.
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70

Variety

Though some of this material is fascinating, it feels like a rambling postscript to the real story, with Robey, with the benefit of hindsight, too eager to make "The Boys in the Band" snugly fit in the grand sweep of gay history, right down to California's Prop. 8.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Ignore the documentary's regrettable low-rent look and that kitschy "Love, American Style" soundtrack, and just focus on how this portrait turns a work of art into a sociological flash point.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Crowley's biting portrait feels painfully dated, but in a way that's the point: Pioneers fight so those who follow can take their battles for granted.
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60

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Crayton Robey's documentary on this queer cultural touchstone admirably presents both sides of the divide.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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