• PG, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Daniel Barnz
    In Theaters:
    Sep 28, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 15, 2013
  • 20th Century Fox

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Won't Back Down Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

While the story is predictable, it compensates for that with great acting and a noble purpose.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

A do-gooder movie so stupid and unoriginal it had to steal its title from a Tom Petty song.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: D-

May 26, 2013
Eddie Harrison
The List

'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 Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

January 29, 2013

As terrible as it sounds.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

January 28, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

An altogether crude, melodramatic and unhelpful picture.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 27, 2013

This is London

More anti-union propaganda masquerading as entertainment.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

January 25, 2013
Grant Rollings
Sun Online

All efforts to add zest to a serious subject fail.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2013
Joe Walsh
Little White Lies

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 Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2013
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2013
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2013

Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

January 23, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

You might find the political tub-thumping behind this cockle-warming drama a tad disconcerting.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 2/5

January 23, 2013

Scotsman

It's allegedly "inspired by true events", but in much the same way that Yogi Bear is based on an actual bear.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

January 21, 2013
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

The leads are fine, but the movie's about as fun as summer school.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

January 21, 2013
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... Gyllenhaal and Davis make a powerhouse team ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

Divisive in its content but solid in its strong acting talent.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

October 10, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C-

October 5, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Las Vegas Weekly

A lifeless film... The story is designed and decorated rather than told.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A lifeless film... the story is designed and decorated rather than told.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2012
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