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The Great Debaters Reviews

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January 5, 2008
Not only is this a feel good story, but it's moving and inspirational for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2008
Instead of exploiting this cruel reality, Washington's camera records both scenes of joy and scenes of tragedy with equal composure, never milking for effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 4, 2008
It's terrifically acted, pretty much a given with this cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 4, 2008
The plot holes and formulaic feel are overcome by the superb acting. As is true in the world of debate, carefully chosen and delivered words win the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2008
As for Mr. Parker and Ms. Smollett, there's no debating what awaits them -- stardom, very soon.
January 3, 2008
The Great Debaters succeeds in bringing a lump to the throat without, as is de rigueur these days, insulting our intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2008
It's about finding the courage to raise your voice in the face of great hatred, opposition and fear. That it comes by coincidence in the wake of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto gives it an immediacy and a power it otherwise might have lacked.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 31, 2007
The packed house I saw the film with applauded at the end. You will, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 30, 2007
a bit too obvious to be considered a true classic in the genre.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2007
Inspiring if overly familiar story that owes its allegiance not so much to history (it alters many facts) as to Dead Poets Society, Hoosiers and countless other "carpe diem" flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2007
As director, Washington keeps the schmaltz to a minimum, making this inspirational tale tolerable.
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December 28, 2007
Seeing Tolson expose his young students to the poets of the Harlem Renaissance and instilling in them a sense of pride and rebellion is inspiring... Tolson is a fascinating character who could command an entire movie himself.
December 28, 2007
The Great Debaters is well-acted, deeply felt and delivers a positive message about the importance of education.
December 28, 2007
Debaters is a real crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 28, 2007
Washington the director certainly knows the strengths of Washington the actor.
December 28, 2007
The film may be manipulative in its construction, and cliché-ridden in some of the incidents it recounts, but it has a good, large heart.
December 28, 2007
...The Great Debaters soars with words and feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 27, 2007
A movie about ideas that's a bit too timid to actually be about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2007
A sort of 'Glory Road' or 'Pride' rewrite that celebrates young people who are better at stringing words than shooting hoops or swimming laps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2007
In a season where so many of the films out there are dark, it's a pleasure to find a grown up movie that celebrates perseverance and hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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