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Pressure Cooker Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Pressure Cooker belongs to the honorable genre of inspirational films dedicated to the proposition that one passionate teacher can make a difference in the lives of students.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

May 27, 2009
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Wilma Stephenson...definitely deserves a subtler cinematic testament than this lazily inspirational documentary.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 20, 2009
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Inspiring cooking-themed docu is great for teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

May 31, 2012
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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An earnest crowd-pleaser that could have used an extra helping of dramatic tension -- but it succeeds by placing us in an interesting world with characters who are impossible not to root for.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2009
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

It's convincing because of the force of Wilma Stephenson's personality and the fierce love she bestows on her culinary arts students at Philadelphia's Frankford High School.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 30, 2009
Edward Douglas

Such a heartfelt inspirational story that one can fully understand why it seemed like such a worthwhile effort to capture the results of Stephenson's efforts on film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

May 26, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An engaging, uplifting, well-edited and occasionally suspenseful documentary that leaves you hungry for more insight into the lives of the culinary arts students and their Judge Judy-like teacher.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6.0/10

May 27, 2009
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Unlike the United States's dismal university application process, this documentary is breathtakingly equal opportunity in its search for human poetry.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

May 25, 2009
Kam Williams

A fitting tribute to a selfless role model with an big heart and an indomitable spirit. Let's face it, they don't make 'em like Wilma Stephenson anymore.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

May 27, 2009
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

I grew a deep hunger while watching Pressure Cooker, not just from the students' mouthwatering dishes, but from the fact that teacher/chef Wilma Stephenson could uniformly inspire such success.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

June 7, 2009
Jennifer Merin

High school teacher Wilma Stephenson nourishes her culinary arts students in their hungry bids for better lives. An inspiration, 'Pressure Cooker' is a welcome antithesis to slice and dice.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2009
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Stephenson looms largest as a reminder of what the right teacher can mean to a kid looking for a way out; it takes a strong woman and a special grace to not only let her protégés go, year after year, but practically shove them out the door.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 27, 2009
Matt Pais

These stories move and inspire as tales of youth in need cooking up opportunity from scratch.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 1, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 11, 2009
Jan Stuart
Washington Post
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If the filmmakers do little to expand the vocabulary of the genre, they enhance our appreciation of that most undervalued sector of the American workforce, the city schoolteacher.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 17, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie's sense of inspiration is realistic. It never implies a future of glamour, only hard-won success.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2010
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

May 27, 2010
Harvey S. Karten

Wilma Stephenson is a charismatic teacher who does great things for her charges, but her job appears not as difficult as you might think.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

May 18, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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At times, you wish the directors were more challenging of their premises; these graduating seniors are learning the value of precision, yes, but also, subtly, how to serve. Is that escape enough?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

May 28, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
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