A right-wing senator (Michael Lerner) clashes with his gay son (Matt Newton) during his campaign for re-election.
" An overwrought story of American politics and image-making that really only gets interesting in the final act. "
" The tale is unnecessarily fractured and becomes increasingly didactic as it collapses into a mess of shrill big-screen activism and smugly relayed leftist ideals. "
" Coming during a period in which the collision of politics and gay rights has created perhaps unprecedented sparks, Poster Boy is a flawed but absorbing drama. "
" Poster Boy is a muddled coming-out movie that, for no good reason, unfolds flashback style as Henry tells his story to a sleazy newspaper reporter. "
" Even with satisfying performances from the principal actors, Poster Boy is longer on energy than focus. "
" A polemic masquerading as a movie, Poster Boy unspools like a humorless lecture on right-wing homophobia. "
" Director Zak Tucker is a bit too fond of jump cuts as signifiers of edginess. Still, when the material doesn't get in the way he's pretty good at getting across the emotional content. "
" Some clunky writing and a distracting subplot limit the effectiveness of this ambitious low-budget indie. "
" Tucker's heart is in the right place. His work, however, isn't: Lectures belong in school, not in the movie theater. "
" Although audiences will admire the film's do-it-yourself energy and commitment, Poster Boy finally collapses of its own contrived weight, deflating just when it should soar into madcap -- or at least thoughtful -- satire. "
" While the movie's discussion points certainly rank on par with those political thrillers, there's not enough substance for the movie to succeed on its own merits, a point underscored by posters selling the movie on Newton's perfectly airbrushed chest. "
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