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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2008
This searing if somewhat overrated condemnation of juvenile delinquency brought attention to some of the problems afflicting urban high schools.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
| Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2005
Still hard hitting teacher-in-ghetto tale.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 20, 2004
Tense and realistic.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
October 17, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
| Original Score: 5/5
April 18, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2001
Writer-director Richard Brooks had a flair for sensationalism, and his adaptation of Evan Hunter's novel is loads of fun as a consequence, but don't expect much analysis or insight.
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.
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