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Waiting for Superman Reviews

Tom Long
Detroit News
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Davis easily ties a sick education system to a sick society. But when it comes down to it, in the end he has no clear cure for what ails us. At the very least, though, he has exposed the disease for all to see.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

October 8, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Your heart goes out to all these kids, but Guggenheim's take on education stacks the deck against them even further by implying that only charters offer a ray of hope. Would that it were that simple.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

October 8, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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An admirable exercise in straight talk, especially in its tough assessment of the mediocrity-enforcing teachers' unions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 8, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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By focusing on these five kids and their hopeful families, Waiting for Superman puts a human face on a crisis worthy of a superhero.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2010
David Denby
New Yorker
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We need another movie, one that shows us why some charter schools work and others dont.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 4, 2010
Dana Stevens
Slate
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You leave the film convinced that radical change is necessary but uncomfortable with the closing voice-over that assures you how simple it will be to implement it.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 1, 2010
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Waiting for 'Superman' won't satisfy anyone looking for a five-point plan. (It won't win many fans among teachers' unions, either.) On the other hand, if it's effective filmmaking you're after, look no further.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 1, 2010
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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There is no question that this is compelling viewing, especially considering the largely abstract and policy-driven nature of the crisis.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 1, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Waiting for 'Superman,' filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's scathing, moving critique of American public education, makes you actually want to do something after you dry your eyes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 1, 2010
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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The photography and editing are accomplished, and the filmmaker frequently resorts to animation and other tricks to make his subject more palatable.

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

September 30, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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This is more than an Important Documentary: it is engaging and, finally, enraging -- as captivating as any Superman movie, and as poignant as a child's plea for help.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 30, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The fact that most charters fare no better than regular public schools, or do worse, is only glancingly mentioned.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2010
Linda Shaw
Seattle Times
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Guggenheim succeeds in asking tough questions. At the end of the film, after he's made us root for these kids and worry about the state of our schools, he asks: "Did we do the right thing? Did we do enough?"

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As Guggenheim's camera gives us a close-up of the Educational Lotto, the implication is clear: Why gamble on the future of America's children? Instead of helping some kids beat the odds, how do we change the odds for all kids?

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

September 30, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's meant to infuriate you and break your heart enough that you feel compelled to do something. There's a great deal of agit with very little prop.

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

September 30, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film demonstrates (1) that quality education is possible for even the most disadvantaged students; (2) the cost is low, considering that high school dropouts often turn to crime when they can't find good jobs.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 30, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This movie isn't just a necessity (listen up, do-nothing politicians) - it might change your future.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2010
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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... emotionally engaging, as hopeful and honest as it is wrenching and moving.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A powerful and alarming documentary about America's failing public school system.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Reform is not that hard, Guggenheim concludes. We know what makes for a good school: quality teachers. All we need is to bring in strong teachers to replace the weakest.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 24, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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This is a time when urgent issues are often explored in polemic documentaries, as well as a fateful moment when the future of public education is being debated with unprecedented intensity. Waiting for 'Superman' makes an invaluable addition to the debate

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 23, 2010
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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As divisive as the issue has become, it's hard to deny the power of Guggenheim's lingering shots on these children, waiting on a superhero who isn't going to come.

Full Review Source: USA Today

September 23, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Guggenheim does not seem aware that extensive educational research has failed to identify what makes a "great teacher" or how to train one, nor that there are strikingly different and conflicting strategies for teaching literacy.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 23, 2010
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Superman can sometimes feel more like a lecture and an info-dump than a gripping narrative, but to his credit, Guggenheim never lets us forget the high, human stakes involved in saving public schools from themselves.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

September 23, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie goes right to the heart in focusing on the fates of some irresistibly real kids and the loving, frustrated parents and grandparents who care for them.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 22, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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The plentiful pop-doc touches ensure that this wake-up call won't put you to sleep, even if the ratio of spoonfuls of sugar to medicine occasionally seems skewed.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 22, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Guggenheim's insistence on not engaging with the injustices that children of certain races and classes face outside of school makes his reiteration of the obvious... seem all the more willfully na´ve.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 21, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is one of the most galvanizing documentaries I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 20, 2010
Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
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The heartbreak among children denied a proper education is irrefutable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2010
John Anderson
Variety
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Exhilarating, heartbreaking and righteous, Waiting for Superman is also a kind of high-minded thriller: Can the American education system be cured?

Full Review Source: Variety

June 9, 2010
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Davis Guggenheim tells some inconvenient truths about public education in compelling new doc.

June 9, 2010
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