The movie benefits from an interesting subject and good acting, I just wish it were more focused and deep.
| Original Score: C+
A richly rewarding film experience that rises to the top of its genre.
| Original Score: B+
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.
Ironically, the film features almost zero teaching. Despite much pedagogical posturing, it doesn't teach us much, either.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 82/100
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.
Swank's earthiness is key here, and she consistently rises above the story's cliches.
The script won't win any stars for originality, it's all put across with enough sincerity to make the corn easy to swallow.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
yet another feel-good teacher flick that will leave most audiences satisfied
| Original Score: 3/4
An Inspirational Teacher Movie that is moving, thought-provoking and succeeds in being genuinely inspiring.
| Original Score: 4/5
This is moving stuff, thoughtfully handled and well performed.
It may only deserve a C for achievement, but it ranks a B+ for effort.
You'll be embarrassed, sad, happy then exhausted.
Has its inspiring moments - especially given the true story - and some tense, dramatic scenes amid the speedy montages of confusing gang action.
Despite solid work from the engaging cast, there's nothing new here to distinguish Freedom Writers as anything beyond a C+.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
It's a case of youthful enthusiasm vs. all sorts of cynicism and guess who wins?
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.