Lean on Me Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
August 1, 2002
Watchable but formulaic tough-love-teacher movie, made perhaps before Morgan Freeman could get himself better roles.
| Original Score: 2/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 2, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jane Galbraith
Variety
July 9, 2014
Avildsen's enthusiastic direction gives Lean on Me a heartwarming, feel-good tone that is accessible beyond the environs of its subject.
Polly M. Robertus
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Inspirational movie about a controversial teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 17, 2003
Freeman, as usual, infuses a standard-issue plot with extraordinary emotional conviction.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
Freeman goes for the gusto and pulls it off...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
July 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Nicolas Lacroix
Showbizz.net
November 16, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 7, 2004
Is a baseball bat the best way to organize a school? In the movie, sure. In real life, maybe not.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
calculated to get you cheering -- and it does
| Original Score: 3/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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