Dangerous Minds (1995)
Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 27
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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8
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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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In this drama, a school teacher discovers that it takes more than the ABCs to get through to a class of "uneducatable" kids. When Lou Anne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer), a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps with a degree in education, begins a new job at an inner-city school in California, the principal (George Dzundza) warns her that her class will be the "rejects from Hell" -- kids with severe social problems and no interest in education. While at first her African-American and Latino
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Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.
The tale screenwriter Ronald Bass came up with, and the way director John N. Smith tells it, is stereotypical, predictable and simplified to the point of meaninglessness.
The movie pretends to show poor black kids being bribed into literacy by Dylan and candy bars, but actually it is the crossover white audience that is being bribed with mind-candy in the form of safe words by the two Dylans.
Pfeiffer has a lot of good moments as Johnson.
The movie has real emotional and reportorial credibility, a prime source of its power.
None of it rings the slightest bit true; all of it insults the intelligence.
Inspiring portrait of an inner city teacher who discovers that making students feel good about themselves brings learning alive in the classroom.
Platitudes, cliches, stereotypes, and ... oh yeah, a soundtrack!
Never illuminates the true spirit of learning, instead the movie opts for bribing students to read pretentious Bob Dylan lyrics.
There's not enough backstory for or insight into any of the characters, which keeps them at an emotional distance.
Anchored by Michelle Pfeiffer's sterling central performance, Dangerous Minds is a strong addition to the genre.
A no-frills, single-minded drama driven by Pfeiffer's totally committed performance.
Some of the one-on-one teacher-student interplay is tremendously compelling.
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