Won't Back Down Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Funded by conservative Christian billionaire Phil Anschutz and released by rightwing overlord Rupert Murdoch, it attempts to fashion a feel-good family-friendly triumph of union busting and privatization.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
While the story is predictable, it compensates for that with great acting and a noble purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
A do-gooder movie so stupid and unoriginal it had to steal its title from a Tom Petty song.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Eddie Harrison
The List
January 29, 2013
'Dumbing down' a film about educational reform defeats any point; while proficiently made, Won't Back Down's glib feel-good message deserves to fall on deaf ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 28, 2013
As terrible as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 27, 2013
An altogether crude, melodramatic and unhelpful picture.

This is London
January 25, 2013
More anti-union propaganda masquerading as entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
January 24, 2013
All efforts to add zest to a serious subject fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Walsh
Little White Lies
January 24, 2013
A straight-talking, partisan account about the failings of a broken system and a band of women who argued for better for their children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 24, 2013
It is well meant, undoubtedly about something that matters, and it bends over backwards not to trash the teachers' unions gratuitously, but amid the attempts at gritty reality, I found the happy-ending imperative unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 24, 2013
The forces of unionism are mainly pilloried as lazy sell-outs, which is a pity, because a lot of other tangy issues come into play here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 24, 2013
Emotionally engaging drama that compensates for its predictability with a pair of terrific performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, though it's also a little fuzzy on the actual details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sky Movies
January 23, 2013
Shamelessly manipulative, this propagandist drama purports to champion the democratisation of parents' choice yet is little more than a big, cinematic union bashing stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
January 23, 2013
You might find the political tub-thumping behind this cockle-warming drama a tad disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Scotsman
January 21, 2013
It's allegedly "inspired by true events", but in much the same way that Yogi Bear is based on an actual bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
January 21, 2013
The leads are fine, but the movie's about as fun as summer school.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 18, 2012
... Gyllenhaal and Davis make a powerhouse team ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
October 10, 2012
Divisive in its content but solid in its strong acting talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012
It's not its anti-union take on the relevant issue, but the shallow treatment, cardboard characters, and overacting that bog down its well-intentioned message.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Las Vegas Weekly
October 4, 2012
A lifeless film... The story is designed and decorated rather than told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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