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Waiting for Superman Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

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 Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 3/4

January 29, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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 Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 6, 2013
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Waiting For Superman is at times powerful, often tragic and -- at the very end -- incredibly moving.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2011
Dan Gear

Like all topical documentaries with a worthy approach, it encourages awareness and debate about yet another inconvenient truth.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 5, 2011
Dave White

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

March 31, 2011
Fiona Williams

The superhero metaphor enables some synergistic retro TV series footage but it doesn't quite suit the argument.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 30, 2011
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

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 Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B+

March 24, 2011
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2011
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

While there are gaps left uncanvassed, this remains an absorbing exploration of a crucial issue which not only exposes problems, but offers answers.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

March 23, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 21, 2011
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground

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.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground

March 7, 2011
Kevin A. Ranson

... a close look at the current (US education) system is all it takes to consider making a real change.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.0/4.0

January 14, 2011
Jordan Hiller

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 10, 2011
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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 Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

December 29, 2010
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

'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 Source: UR Chicago Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2010
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Has the power to surprise, enrage, and even delight the most cynical of educators and education bashers.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A-

December 27, 2010
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

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 Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Original Score: 4/4

December 14, 2010
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: A

December 9, 2010
Tony Horkins
Total Film

Guggenheim painted a similarly apocalyptic tale of the future in An Inconvenient Truth; once again, he shows a knack for presenting otherwise dry facts and figures in both a simple and dramatic way, combining them with heart- rending human stories.

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

December 6, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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