Freedom Writers Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 3, 2011
The movie benefits from an interesting subject and good acting, I just wish it were more focused and deep.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 4, 2008
A richly rewarding film experience that rises to the top of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
August 13, 2007
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.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 4, 2007
Ironically, the film features almost zero teaching. Despite much pedagogical posturing, it doesn't teach us much, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 82/100
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
Swank's earthiness is key here, and she consistently rises above the story's cliches.
Neil Smith
thelondonpaper
March 30, 2007
The script won't win any stars for originality, it's all put across with enough sincerity to make the corn easy to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 16, 2007
Hilary Swank is all heart in this uplifting film about kids from the wrong side of the track who become inspired to learn and do the right thing.
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
March 7, 2007
yet another feel-good teacher flick that will leave most audiences satisfied
| Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 1, 2007
An Inspirational Teacher Movie that is moving, thought-provoking and succeeds in being genuinely inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
February 27, 2007
This is moving stuff, thoughtfully handled and well performed.
James White
Total Film
February 27, 2007
It may only deserve a C for achievement, but it ranks a B+ for effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kat Halstead
Little White Lies
February 27, 2007
You'll be embarrassed, sad, happy then exhausted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
BBC.com
February 27, 2007
Has its inspiring moments - especially given the true story - and some tense, dramatic scenes amid the speedy montages of confusing gang action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine
February 27, 2007
Despite solid work from the engaging cast, there's nothing new here to distinguish Freedom Writers as anything beyond a C+.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 27, 2007
While this film has a terrific story, and strong acting anchored by Swank's superb central performance, it's also a little slick and gimmicky
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
January 20, 2007
It's a case of youthful enthusiasm vs. all sorts of cynicism and guess who wins?
| Original Score: 3/5
Uri Lessing
eFilmCritic.com
January 19, 2007
The film may be inspired by a true story, but it's a mishmash of scenes we've seen before, and for a film about original teaching methods, the storyline is surprisingly derivative and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 16, 2007
An inspiring drama about an idealistic teacher who breaks down the walls separating her students from each other and enables them to celebrate their unity in diversity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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