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Sean Penn and Naomi Watts shine in real-life political thriller.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  11-17-2010  |  Reviews

'Milk' is Refreshingnew

Biopic balances mainstream Hollywood with gay politics.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Bryn Evans  |  12-11-2008  |  Reviews

'Milk' Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Finds Inspiration Both Personal and Politicalnew

"When I was done with the script, I was going to take it out to some directors, and Cleve said, 'No, let me send it out,' and he gave it to Gus." From there, the film came together very quickly -- in a matter of weeks, the producers and Sean Penn were on board.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Bryn Evans  |  12-11-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Milk' is Compelling from Start to Finishnew

Gus Van Sant shows that not only can he put a story together; he can do it better than just about anyone working in film.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  12-11-2008  |  Reviews

Remembering the Lessons of Harvey Milknew

As the 30th anniversary of his assassination approached last week, coupled with the opening of the new Sean Penn biopic on his life, it became clear that the lessons of Milk are being lost to the newest generation of the LGBT community.
INDY Week  |  Steven Petrow  |  12-11-2008  |  LGBT

Gus Van Sant's 'Milk' is Itself a Political Actnew

Milk hits theaters amid a renewed debate over the place of homosexuals in American life. Whether the cause will help the film is anyone's guess, but there seems little doubt that the film will help the cause.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  12-02-2008  |  Reviews

'Milk' Avoids Sentimentality and Rouses Cross-Cultural Folknew

Van Sant keeps the movie brisk and engaging, taking what could have been an endless parade of period vignettes and turning them into a reflection of Milk's seemingly boundless sense of humanity. What pulls everything together, however, is Sean Penn's spectacularly infectious performance.
Metro Times  |  Jeff Meyers  |  12-02-2008  |  Reviews

Gus Van Sant Gives Harvey Milk His Close-Upnew

Van Sant's first brush with Milk came in 1978 while he was driving across the country and heard on the radio that the supervisor was shot. Though he later saw the 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, it never occurred to him to make a film about the politician.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Kimberly Chun  |  11-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Gus Van Sant Delivers the Story of Harvey Milk in His Most Political Film to Datenew

Milk, starring Sean Penn, seems to have transformed Van Sant from an aloof, apolitical outsider into a defender of gay rights.
Willamette Week  |  Staff  |  11-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Cannes So Far: Sean Penn's Festival of Response

Cannes is much more than an all-you-can-watch buffet of world cinema (more than 2,300 films are shown during its 10 days), it's a bellwether of cinematic, economic, and global social values. But to weigh these new values, we have to wait until the climactic awards ceremony on May 25th.
Maui Time  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-19-2008  |  Movies

Incredible Journeynew

Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch create a masterpiece with Into the Wild.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  10-25-2007  |  Reviews

William Hurt on 'Into the Wild'new

Hurt had a choice. He could meet with the man he was playing in the film Into the Wild or he could stick with the script.
The Georgia Straight  |  Ian Caddell  |  10-22-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Into the Wild': Northern Exposurenew

Sean Penn traces Emory University student's journey.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Felicia Feaster  |  10-04-2007  |  Reviews

'Into the Wild': The Long Goodbyenew

Sean Penn gives Chris McCandless one last embrace.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  10-03-2007  |  Reviews

'Into the Wild': Force of Naturenew

Penn's previous movies as a director have been unfailingly pretentious, but Into the Wild is altogether different, a unified, long-haul work that is rarely caught straining for effect.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Sam Adams  |  10-02-2007  |  Reviews

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