Around the Block

2013, Drama, 1h 44m

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An American teacher (Christina Ricci) in Australia hopes to inspire her at-risk students by launching a version of "Hamlet" with a predominantly Aboriginal cast.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (3)

  • The film's musty premise, about a novice instructor trying to deter an Aboriginal student from crime with Shakespeare, renders it the cinematic equivalent of warmed-over soup from the school cafeteria.

    July 31, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Every single development in the Wood family's plot trajectory is telegraphed, and these actors deserve to be in a less emotionally bogus drama.

    July 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Well-intended yet cliche-ridden.

    July 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A gem of a film.

    September 2, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…
  • 'Around the Block' may have its exasperating flaws, but it cannot be accused of not having its heart in the right place.

    August 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look.

    August 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The film's musty premise, about a novice instructor trying to deter an Aboriginal student from crime with Shakespeare, renders it the cinematic equivalent of warmed-over soup from the school cafeteria.

    July 31, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Every single development in the Wood family's plot trajectory is telegraphed, and these actors deserve to be in a less emotionally bogus drama.

    July 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Well-intended yet cliche-ridden.

    July 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A gem of a film.

    September 2, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…
  • 'Around the Block' may have its exasperating flaws, but it cannot be accused of not having its heart in the right place.

    August 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look.

    August 1, 2014 | Full Review…

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