Blackboard Jungle Reviews

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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
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.
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.
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.