None of it rings the slightest bit true; all of it insults the intelligence.
| Original Score: 1/4
So whitebread I want to call everyone involved 'Urkle'.
| Original Score: 2/5
Horrible. A waste. How was this ever a hit?
| Original Score: 0/5
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!
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
If only the filmmakers had used some subtlety in telling the story, they could have done right by the real LouAnne Johnson.
Never illuminates the true spirit of learning, instead the movie opts for bribing students to read pretentious Bob Dylan lyrics.
| Original Score: 2/4
Hackneyed, obvious and Lite, complete with happy ending.
Pfieffer is absurdly miscast: Sly Stallone would make a more plausible Mr. Chips than the frail, squeaky actress does a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps.
There's not enough backstory for or insight into any of the characters, which keeps them at an emotional distance.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Stay home and watch Welcome Back Kotter. It's more enlightening.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
What makes it work is the integrity of Pfeiffer's performance and Smith's direction, and the high spirits of the young, racially diverse supporting cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
The movie has real emotional and reportorial credibility, a prime source of its power.
Some of the one-on-one teacher-student interplay is tremendously compelling.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pfeiffer has a lot of good moments as Johnson.