Freedom Writers Reviews

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May 10, 2007
February 27, 2007
You'll be embarrassed, sad, happy then exhausted.
February 27, 2007
Has its inspiring moments - especially given the true story - and some tense, dramatic scenes amid the speedy montages of confusing gang action.
February 3, 2007
January 11, 2007
Engaging but clichd inspirational drama set during the time of the 1992 race riots in Los Angeles. On some level, just about any movie featuring never-say-die teachers is effective.
January 10, 2007
Square, sincere, and proud of it.
January 9, 2007
Our eager-beaver heroine suffers the kids' sarcasm, fails to earn their respect by bringing in a Tupac tape, then wins them over in a crucial scene that, fact-based or not, rings as false as anything in Dangerous Minds.
January 9, 2007
Corny? You bet. And worse when the plot veers into the glitz of a Dangerous Minds and the sappiness of a TV After School Special. But the movie, which Swank helped produce by using her clout as a two-time Oscar winner, gets to you.
January 6, 2007
Freedom Writers is another exceptional teacher scenario not so different from the norm.
January 5, 2007
Thanks to LaGravenese's empathetic writing and direction, and Swank's titanic force of will, Freedom Writers' unabashed earnestness proves unexpectedly powerful.
January 5, 2007
It's not a great movie, but at-risk teens could do a lot worse.
January 5, 2007
Freedom Writers confounds its own claims to veracity by coming across as a veritable textbook in itself -- a textbook of earnest, liberal, white-woman-in-the-blackboard jungle clichs.
January 5, 2007
It's a truly inspiring story; pity the movie doesn't live up to it.
January 5, 2007
At a time when New Year's resolutions to change already are falling by the wayside, you can't help but be moved by a group of young people who followed through on their resolve.
January 5, 2007
An old-fashioned great-teacher-turns-bad-students-into-scholars story that ranks up there with Stand and Deliver.
January 5, 2007
An unashamed heart-tugger, Freedom Writers is based on the true story of Erin Gruwell, a teacher so full of gee-whiz decency she can only be played by Hilary Swank.
January 5, 2007
One teacher can make a difference in a troubled student's life. I learned this from To Sir, with Love, Dangerous Minds and Van Halen's Hot for Teacher video.
January 5, 2007
An educational fantasy that happens to be mostly true.
January 5, 2007
Never quite succeeds as anything more than Dangerous Minds Redux.
January 5, 2007
This film fails to earn what Erin Gruwell earned in real life: credibility.
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