Around The Block Reviews

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John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
August 1, 2014
'Around the Block' may have its exasperating flaws, but it cannot be accused of not having its heart in the right place.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 1, 2014
Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look.
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2014
The film's musty premise, about a novice instructor trying to deter an Aboriginal student from crime with Shakespeare, renders it the cinematic equivalent of warmed-over soup from the school cafeteria.
Prairie Miller
Critical Women
July 30, 2014
Hamlet In The Hood. Petite Christina Ricci displays a big heart, as a teacher in touch with her inner maternal instinct. And disaffected Aboriginee teens dramatizing in a culturally conscious production, the alienation at the heart of Hamlet, who knew.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2014
Every single development in the Wood family's plot trajectory is telegraphed, and these actors deserve to be in a less emotionally bogus drama.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 29, 2014
Well-intended yet cliche-ridden.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 24, 2014
There are no false notes here, and there is no whitewash, either (if you'll pardon the expression); it's a good story well told and beautifully performed, supported by a contempo soundtrack and seamless design. Australian cinema at its be
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 24, 2014
All the cast is excellent with special mention to Matt Nable, whose minimalist performance as Liam's criminal father is outstanding, providing the film's emotional highlight
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