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Blackboard Jungle Reviews

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Christopher Null
January 15, 2005
Today, Blackboard Jungle is surprisingly dated and ineffective.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
May 23, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 14, 2005
Tells us as much about teaching as Einstein's Theory of Relativity tells us about football.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The studied pseudo-documentary atmosphere never quite convinces.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 18, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
March 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Variety Staff
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 11, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 17, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 20, 2004
Tense and realistic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
June 29, 2005
Still hard hitting teacher-in-ghetto tale.
| Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 24, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
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
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
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

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.
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