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Dangerous Minds Reviews

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December 26, 2006
None of it rings the slightest bit true; all of it insults the intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 8, 2004
So whitebread I want to call everyone involved 'Urkle'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 11, 2003
Horrible. A waste. How was this ever a hit?
| Original Score: 0/5
August 28, 2002
Inspiring portrait of an inner city teacher who discovers that making students feel good about themselves brings learning alive in the classroom.
July 27, 2002
Platitudes, cliches, stereotypes, and ... oh yeah, a soundtrack!
| Original Score: 2/5
May 12, 2001
Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.
February 13, 2001
The tale screenwriter Ronald Bass came up with, and the way director John N. Smith tells it, is stereotypical, predictable and simplified to the point of meaninglessness.
January 1, 2000
The movie pretends to show poor black kids being bribed into literacy by Dylan and candy bars, but actually it is the crossover white audience that is being bribed with mind-candy in the form of safe words by the two Dylans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Pfeiffer has a lot of good moments as Johnson.
January 1, 2000
Stay home and watch Welcome Back Kotter. It's more enlightening.
January 1, 2000
There's not enough backstory for or insight into any of the characters, which keeps them at an emotional distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Pfieffer is absurdly miscast: Sly Stallone would make a more plausible Mr. Chips than the frail, squeaky actress does a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps.
January 1, 2000
If only the filmmakers had used some subtlety in telling the story, they could have done right by the real LouAnne Johnson.
January 1, 2000
Some of the one-on-one teacher-student interplay is tremendously compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Never illuminates the true spirit of learning, instead the movie opts for bribing students to read pretentious Bob Dylan lyrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The movie has real emotional and reportorial credibility, a prime source of its power.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A no-frills, single-minded drama driven by Pfeiffer's totally committed performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Anchored by Michelle Pfeiffer's sterling central performance, Dangerous Minds is a strong addition to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
What makes it work is the integrity of Pfeiffer's performance and Smith's direction, and the high spirits of the young, racially diverse supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Hackneyed, obvious and Lite, complete with happy ending.
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