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Freedom Writers (2007)



Critic Consensus: Freedom Writers is a frank, formulaic entry in the inspirational inner-city teacher genre, with an energetic Hilary Swank leading the appealing cast of unknowns.

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A dedicated California teacher finds a way to unify her disadvantaged, racially divided students and to improve their grasp of academics, partly by having them keep journals about their violent, troubled lives.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violent content, some thematic material and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell, Richard LaGravenese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
Box Office: $36.5M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Hilary Swank
as Erin Gruwell
Patrick Dempsey
as Scott Casey
Imelda Staunton
as Margaret Campbell
as Andre
Robert Wisdom
as Dr. Carl John
Sergio Montalvo
as Alejandro
Jason Finn
as Marcus
John Benjamin Hickey
as Brian Gelford
Pat Carroll
as Miep Gies
Armand Jones
as Grant Rice
Ricardo Molina
as Eva's Father
Angela Alvarado
as Eva's Mother
Anh Tuan Nguyen
as Sindy's Boyfriend
Anh Nguyen
as Sindy's Boyfriend
Chil Kong
as Storeowner
Liisa Cohen
as Brandy's Mother
Palma Lawrence Reed
as Andre's Mother
Dan Warner
as White Cop No. 1
Brian Bennett
as Brandy's Father
Tim Halligan
as Principal Banning
Lisa Banes
as Karin Polachek
Giselle Bonilla
as Young Eva
Earl Williams
as Young Marcus
Angela Sargeant
as Marcus' Mother
Robin Skye
as PTA Mom
Juan García
as Defense Attorney
Larry Cahn
as Prosecutor
Sharaud Moore
as Hall Monitor
Abel Soto
as Gang Member
Randy Hall
as Cop #2
Carl Paoli
as Cop #3
Dominic Daniel
as Drug Dealer
Cody Chappel
as Bookstore Clerk
Renee Firestone
as Herself (Holocaust S...
Eddie Ilam
as Himself (Holocaust S...
Elisabeth Mann
as Herself (Holocaust S...
Gloria Ungar
as Herself (Holocaust S...
Brian Bennett
as Brandy's Father
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News & Interviews for Freedom Writers

Critic Reviews for Freedom Writers

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (40)

The movie benefits from an interesting subject and good acting, I just wish it were more focused and deep.

Full Review… | July 3, 2011

A richly rewarding film experience that rises to the top of its genre.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

While it is, like its genre brethren, inspiring and uplifting, Freedom Writers glosses over so much material that it makes the process look too easy.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
Calgary Movies

Ironically, the film features almost zero teaching. Despite much pedagogical posturing, it doesn't teach us much, either.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Nick's Flick Picks

Worthwhile because of its honesty, because it tells a true story that's worth telling, and because Hilary Swank and company have done it so well.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
Apollo Guide

Is this film formulaic? Yes. Does it accomplish what it set out to do? Yes. ... It's certainly not a perfect movie but it does offer many pleasures.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Freedom Writers

I think the book is better.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Yes it's corny, yes it's predictable, and yes these characters are as generic as ever, but that doesn't stop Freedom Writers from being extremely powerful, moving and inspirational. Hilary Swank does a great job in the lead here, but the unknown actors and actresses who play the Freedom Writers are the soul of the film; they are incredible. Apart from being predictable and square, this film had me crying and laughing at the same time, had me snickering and get angry at character that I disliked, and more than once made me want to jump and yell with joy. It's a must see film.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Inspirational... A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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