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Dangerous Minds

Dangerous Minds (1995)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

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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



Ron Bass

Jul 13, 1999


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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (27) | DVD (3)

Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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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.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Pfeiffer has a lot of good moments as Johnson.

January 1, 2000
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The movie has real emotional and reportorial credibility, a prime source of its power.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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None of it rings the slightest bit true; all of it insults the intelligence.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

So whitebread I want to call everyone involved 'Urkle'.

March 8, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Horrible. A waste. How was this ever a hit?

June 11, 2003 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

Inspiring portrait of an inner city teacher who discovers that making students feel good about themselves brings learning alive in the classroom.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Platitudes, cliches, stereotypes, and ... oh yeah, a soundtrack!

July 27, 2002

Never illuminates the true spirit of learning, instead the movie opts for bribing students to read pretentious Bob Dylan lyrics.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter

Hackneyed, obvious and Lite, complete with happy ending.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

There's not enough backstory for or insight into any of the characters, which keeps them at an emotional distance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Anchored by Michelle Pfeiffer's sterling central performance, Dangerous Minds is a strong addition to the genre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A no-frills, single-minded drama driven by Pfeiffer's totally committed performance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Some of the one-on-one teacher-student interplay is tremendously compelling.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Dangerous Minds

Stories about teachers winning over a tough audience are always uplifting - shades of 'To Sir with Love'. This movie has all the normal ingredients - tough-but-caring teacher, kids-with-chips-on-their-shoulders, fights, the teacher deciding to leave, but kids pull her back. Music is great. I would have rated it higher, but it really has been done before many times.
June 5, 2012

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I like movies like these, although its not as good as films like freedom writers, it is an entertaining enough movie.
Its not the most inspirational drama that gives you the wow factor at the end of the movie but it is funny and keeps you interested.
I absolutely love the soundtrack to this movie its amazing.
February 21, 2011
Film Crazy

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Stereotypical, predictable and unrealistic.
February 1, 2011

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    1. Louanne Johnson: Sometimes it takes a lot of wrong answers to get a right.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Callie Roberts: You can always choose something.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Louanne Johnson: Quack, quack, quake!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (23 months ago)
    1. Hal Griffith: How'd they get you to come back?
    2. Louanne Johnson: They gave me candy and called me 'the Light'.
    3. Hal Griffith: That'll do it...
    – Submitted by Manas P (23 months ago)
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