The Great Debaters Reviews
November 24, 2020
Though the classic underdog formula provides a somewhat predictable patterning, it's nevertheless a powerful story.
November 6, 2019
The debate is over. THE GREAT DEBATERS is one of the great movies of 2007.
July 6, 2019
An old fashioned feel-good movie, well acted and solidly crafted - the kind of which there will always be room for.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
September 8, 2008
Washington directed as well as starred, and it is clear he has no trouble wearing both hats at once
August 22, 2008
This is a wonderfully acted and directed movie, that has something important to say
June 1, 2008
I was having mediocre day and I walked out of the movie totally pumped up and ready for the rest of the day, even though it was 10pm at night.
May 2, 2008
There's a real organic sense in the film of how young minds can be nurtured and energized way beyond sex, sports and slacker attitude, into caring and evolving kid works-in-progress. And how debating can be pretty cool too, who knew?
April 10, 2008
The acting is great and care is taken to develop these characters into people we can root for.
March 17, 2008
Enough fictional liberties were taken with The Great Debaters to make it fit neatly on the inspirational genre shelf, but it's grounded in enough reality to excuse Eisle's we-shall-overcome contrivances
March 4, 2008
Showcasing the history is done with care and purpose, but I wanted more. I wanted more time between Washington and Forest Whitaker. I wanted more...
February 15, 2008
Although we instinctively should be rooting for these characters, Eisele bends the rules of academic debate to make sure the outcome is never in doubt.
February 12, 2008
Nate Parker may end up the next Denzel Washington. He has the charm and emotional punch. Put him in more things.
February 9, 2008
Sometimes a movie is so literate, so positive and reveals such an intriguing piece of history that it's like a two-hour classroom session.
February 3, 2008
Denzel delivers both in front of and behind the camera with The Great Debaters.