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
Guardian
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
eFilmCritic.com
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
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
EricDSnider.com
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
www.susangranger.com
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
TheLoop21.com
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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