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.

Movie Info

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.

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


as Erin Gruwell

as Scott Casey

as Margaret Campbell

as Andre

as Dr. Carl John

as Alejandro

as Marcus

as Brian Gelford

as Miep Gies

as Grant Rice

as Eva's Father

as Eva's Mother

as Sindy's Boyfriend

as Sindy's Boyfriend

as Storeowner

as Brandy's Mother

as Andre's Mother

as White Cop No. 1

as Principal Banning

as Karin Polachek

as Young Eva

as Young Marcus

as Marcus' Mother

as PTA Mom

as Defense Attorney

as Prosecutor

as Hall Monitor

as Gang Member

as Cop #2

as Cop #3

as Drug Dealer

as Bookstore Clerk

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as Brandy's Father
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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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