Argot Pictures
Leah Greenblatt
March 02, 2017 AT 10:00 AM EST

The Freedom to Marry

release date
86 minutes
Eddie Rosenstein
We gave it a B+

Set against the star-stacked, history-sweeping account 
of the gay rights movement offered by ABC’s ambitious new four-part docudrama When We Rise, filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein’s modest documentary may feel like a niche undertaking, but it still carves out its own worthy place in the struggle. Focused primarily on activist Evan Wolfson and attorney Mary Bonauto, both of whom have devoted their lives to marriage equality, Freedom provides a boots-on-the-ground account of the state-by-state battles that ultimately led all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

If the 
story’s outcome is hardly a 
mystery — the landmark case was affirmed by a 5–4 margin in June 2015 — and the look of the film itself a little docu-drab, it’s also a shrewd and frequently moving testament to the true nature of change: a thing built not just on grandly eloquent Atticus Finch-style speeches and decisive moments of triumph but on the incremental, often tedious labor that bends — in its own grinding, unglorious way — the long arc toward justice. B+

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