Waiting for Superman Reviews

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
November 29, 2010

In the end, this is scattergun film-making, well-intentioned but sloppy, sometimes deliberately evasive. If this documentary were an exam essay, I'd fail it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
November 29, 2010

A hectoring, simplistic affair that has nothing of value to contribute to the British debate.

Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 29, 2010

You know you're in an endangered superpower when a vice-president who spells "potatos" without an "e" is followed two decades later by a president for whom the plural of child is "childrens".

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
November 29, 2010

An intriguing but ultimately niche documentary about the Catch-22 situation facing parents in the matter of their child's education.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 28, 2010

...a persuasive, thoughtful argument; an advocacy film that should be taken as an opportunity to open an important conversation about our future - and whether we're willing to do the work necessary to justify our national amour-propre.

Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 14, 2010

Tells us little we don't already know about why most schools need to be fixed.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
November 8, 2010

The way Guggenheim builds up suspense by, in effect, watching the life or death (in the film's terms) of five kids decided at random is a little sickening.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Louis Proyect
November 2, 2010

Although the movie has an extremely retrograde viewpoint, it is a must-see for those trying to understand the hype around charter schools.

Eric D. Snider
October 21, 2010

A potent mixture of facts and figures and heart-tugging stories.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 20, 2010

Almost certainly going to end up on the short list for this year's Best Documentary Oscar.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Susan Granger
October 18, 2010

Everyone interested in the welfare of children and the future of our country should see it.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Kam Williams
October 18, 2010

An Oscar-quality expose' laying the blame for the escalating dropout rate right at the feet of a greedy and selfish teachers' union which could care less about educating the country's kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
October 17, 2010

The film, while preachy at times and overly simplistic at others, represents a necessary and often maddening look at an important issue.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 16, 2010

... a thought-provoking call to arms.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 16, 2010

It's impossible not to be left either elated or heartbroken, depending on which way the (lottery) ball bounces.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 15, 2010

This important, gut-wrenching film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It looks to be a strong candidate to duplicate that feat at the Academy Awards.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 15, 2010

It may be the case that Guggenheim is a better instigator than filmmaker, as the debate about our educational system appears to be on the upswing at present. For this.... Waiting for 'Superman' is essential viewing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 15, 2010

Waiting for 'Superman' isn't just a well-made, persuasive documentary. It's a turning point. At least you come out of the theater hoping so.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 15, 2010

Interesting and touching.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 14, 2010

Waiting for 'Superman' doesn't have the answers. But it does know the questions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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