Blackboard Jungle Reviews

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January 30, 2018
The Blackboard Jungle is a sentimental melodrama masquerading as a social document, which in its own way is as dangerous a little gadget as a zip gun.
January 8, 2018
Richard Brooks's film rams home its message without much subtlety. It has a footnote in history, though, for introducing rock music to mainstream cinema, courtesy of Bill Haley's Rock around the Clock.
Top Critic
January 8, 2018
More important, however, than the letter of the film is the spirit. It seizes a burning issue, and lets the sparks fall where they may.
April 8, 2008
Originating the genre of 'dedicated teacher reaches troubled kids in a ghetto school', this is still affecting although heavy-handed.
April 8, 2008
This searing if somewhat overrated condemnation of juvenile delinquency brought attention to some of the problems afflicting urban high schools.
April 8, 2008
Glenn Ford, Morrow and Poitier are so real in their performances under the probing direction by Brooks that the picture alternatingly has the viewer pleading, indignant and frightened before the conclusion.
March 1, 2008
June 24, 2006
The studied pseudo-documentary atmosphere never quite convinces.
March 25, 2006
It gives a blood-curdling, nightmarish picture or monstrous disorder in a public school. And it leaves one wondering wildly whether such out-of-hand horrors can be.
October 30, 2005
September 14, 2005
Tells us as much about teaching as Einstein's Theory of Relativity tells us about football.
June 29, 2005
Still hard hitting teacher-in-ghetto tale.
June 25, 2005
Released in the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, this seminal high-school melodrama was just as popaulr at the box-office but far more controversial; Sidney Poitier gives a star-making turn as a student.
May 23, 2005
Sanctimonious.
January 15, 2005
Today, Blackboard Jungle is surprisingly dated and ineffective.
September 20, 2004
Tense and realistic.
February 24, 2004
October 17, 2003
May 24, 2003
The locations and lighting are simple and sparse, and the themes of class and race are addressed head on, in an honest and brave way.
May 11, 2003
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