An LGBTQ affirming romantic comedy drama that is a marker in Hollywood about how far society is coming in its attitude towards sexuality. Heartwarming, funny, relatable, moving and a wonderful cinematic document that could help any isolated youngster grappling with how to come out or even for those who have been hurt in the past through the process. I don’t mind the sentiment for this film because it is warranted.
I laughed, I cried many times (so much so, at one point I had to hold it back from becoming a noisy sob in the cinema), and I started to even get emotional again in the carpark after the film. It's near perfect in my eyes. I freaking loved it!
"Love, Simon" is a deeply sincere, affectionate coming out/of-age film fueled by a host of well-developed characters played by commendable actors. While sometimes too precise in its sentimentality and of course bound to draw criticism for the main character's easier path for coming out than most, these details will hold little weight for those who find their lives helped or even saved because of this film.
Despite warmhearted and inspiringly educational, it played below my expectations, exclusively delivering the expected as the story develops with a crowd-pleasing, soap opera-ish comportment. Also felt too standardized and over-polished. (2.5 stars)
Perhaps it's because the trailer was better than the actual film, perhaps it's because it felt like a small 13 Reasons Why cast reunion, perhaps it's because it didn't feel realistic... but happening to be a gay man and seeing this movie made me realize that Hollywood still gets "gay" totally and completely wrong. It wasn't a waste entirely; Robinson and Garner were standouts, but it just didn't fully click with me.