Waiting for Superman Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Overlooks some larger issues regarding systemic poverty and social inequities, while the tricky matter of private funding is elided altogether.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 29, 2013
More overwhelming than uplifting, and you can't help but feel this is a rich outsider looking in, and down on, public schools.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 6, 2013
Intelligent and thought-provoking, this documentary may not be one of the best movies of the year but it's surely one of the most important ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Waiting For Superman is at times powerful, often tragic and -- at the very end -- incredibly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Gear
Moviedex
May 5, 2011
Like all topical documentaries with a worthy approach, it encourages awareness and debate about yet another inconvenient truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
It's still a vital topic for discussion and worth seeing if only because it organizes a few focal points for ongoing public debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
March 31, 2011
It's possible that one of the reasons why the film wasn't nominated for a best-documentary Oscar was because it was too horrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
March 30, 2011
The superhero metaphor enables some synergistic retro TV series footage but it doesn't quite suit the argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 24, 2011
I'm sure some will disagree with the points that Davis Guggenheim is making. That's to be expected but it will help generate a badly needed debate on this subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
March 23, 2011
I wish Guggenheim had - as he did in The First Year - stepped back, followed these families, and let their stories speak for themselves...Still ... the raw materials are there, and it would take a heart of stone to not sympathise with the subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
March 23, 2011
While there are gaps left uncanvassed, this remains an absorbing exploration of a crucial issue which not only exposes problems, but offers answers.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 21, 2011
Just as he passionately got stuck into Al Gore's global warming theories in An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim explores the US school system in an expose of its appalling inadequacies... an excellent and sobering documentary
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
March 7, 2011
Waiting for "Superman" is essential viewing. It's as simple as that...Most importantly, it is impossible not to be touched, nay, radicalised by this devastatingly inconvenient truth.
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
January 14, 2011
... a close look at the current (US education) system is all it takes to consider making a real change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
January 10, 2011
The audience of the public school system documentary Waiting for "Superman" is either supposed to get depressed into action, enraged into action, or overwhelmed into inaction
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 29, 2010
I'd suggest watching the movie just to be able to get a picture of what's going on in your head, and then following up with further research afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
December 28, 2010
'Waiting for Superman' is an important yet definitely flawed discourse on the current courses America's public educational system is taking, making, faking and breaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 27, 2010
Has the power to surprise, enrage, and even delight the most cynical of educators and education bashers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 14, 2010
There I sat, alone in the theater, watching what may very well be the most important movie of the year, if not the decade. To say that the documentary 'Waiting for Superman' has played to a small audience is an exercise in understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 9, 2010
While it may not be comprehensive in its approach, it is powerful enough to get all but the most apathetic people stirred up enough to do something.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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