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Stonewall (2015)



Critic Consensus: As an ordinary coming-of-age drama, Stonewall is merely dull and scattered -- but as an attempt to depict a pivotal moment in American history, it's offensively bad.

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STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent's home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born. -- (C) Roadside Attractions

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Ron Perlman
as Ed Murphy
Caleb Landry Jones
as Orphan Annie
Joey King
as Phoebe
Jonny Beauchamp
as Ray/Ramona
Matt Craven
as D.I. Seymour Pine
David Cubitt
as Coach Winters
Karl Glusman
as Joe Altman
Ben Sullivan
as Quiet Paul
Marsha P. Johnson
as Saint of Christopher Street
Otoja Abit
as Marsha
Larry Day
as Dep. Jack Smythe
Mark Camacho
as Fat Tony
Frank Schorpion
as Sgt. Walter Healds
Michael McNally
as Grey Haired Man
A.C. Peterson
as Man In Red Dress
Richard Jutras
as Queen Tooey
Arthur Holden
as Frank Kameny
Tony Calabretta
as Mr. Pugliese
Kevin Benoit
as Blond Frankie
Bronwen Mantel
as Night Class Teacher
Kevin Kelsall
as Longshoreman
Jane Wheeler
as Mrs. Henderson
Guy Sprung
as Morrison
Kwasi Songui
as Big Daddy
Bill Rowat
as Sheriff
Kent McQuaid
as Burly Cop
Rebecca Croll
as Female Officer #1
Jean Nicolai
as Female Officer #2
Wade Lynch
as Buick Driver
David Rigby
as NY Taxi Driver
Kevin Raymond St-Jean
as Trevor's New Boy
Kevin Woodhouse
as Hotel Manager
Lisa Bronwyn Moore
as Joe's Mother
Jordan Roberts
as Locker Room Football Player #1
Alexandre Clairoux
as Locker Room Football Player #2
Myla Zane
as Magoo
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Critic Reviews for Stonewall

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (35)

It feels like Emmerich couldn't help but make his Stonewall a mashup of My Own Private Idaho and Independence Day.

February 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Stonewall is a movie about a pivotal moment in LGBT history as filtered through the perspective of a fictional hunk of Wonder Bread named Danny who steps off a bus from Indiana and right into a central role in the Christopher Street scene.

November 10, 2015

The Stonewall Riots were a triumph for a marginalized community, but Emmerich fails to convey the significance of the event in any meaningful fashion. The subject matter deserves better, and so do we.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: D | Full Review…

more than bad and worse than disappointing, a tragic distortion of a vitally important story that insults the people it tries to honor and insults its audience as well.

September 25, 2015 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a self-financed passion project, from a man who might be the most financially successful out gay filmmaker ever. We should be celebrating this, but man, oh man, does he make it difficult.

September 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Although handsomely crafted, well-acted and made with transparently noble intentions, Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall" is a movie that seems destined to please almost no one.

September 25, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stonewall

I can't shake the feeling that this cheap fantasy is Emmerich's Showgirls, with cheap acting, dialogue and structure (what's with those intrusive flashbacks?), and it reduces the Stonewall riots to a minor scuffle in the life of a white-bread, Dorothy-like jock in Christopher Street the Land of Oz.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A meandering mess that seems to hate its characters.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


"Stonewall" is probably one of Roland Emmerich's better films -- which isn't necessarily high praise considering the number of stinkers he's given us. Neither the significance of the Stonewall nor of the riots are explained very well, and none of the characters have much going for them in the interesting or likability departments. However, some of the particular struggles and injustices facing the LGBT community are set forth effectively. Overall, it's an adequate film worth seeing, but it is not likely to linger on your mind after leaving the theater.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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