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The Great Debaters Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008
Washington directed as well as starred, and it is clear he has no trouble wearing both hats at once
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 22, 2008
This is a wonderfully acted and directed movie, that has something important to say
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Prairie Miller
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?
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 10, 2008
The acting is great and care is taken to develop these characters into people we can root for.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
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
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
February 12, 2008
Nate Parker may end up the next Denzel Washington. He has the charm and emotional punch. Put him in more things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Christian Toto
Washington Times
February 3, 2008
Denzel delivers both in front of and behind the camera with The Great Debaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 26, 2008
With the help of a great screenplay and tremendous acting, this film ... soars above the typical minority/underdog formula to inspire more than it manipulates.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 21, 2008
The Great Debaters handles conventions well, making an important piece of history affecting and resonant.
Full Review
Cynthia Fuchs
January 17, 2008
It's the sort of tradeoff Oprah makes daily, finding ways to represent those histories and experiences that are otherwise unrepresented%u2014ways that will appeal to a broad base and so, somehow, make differences.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 15, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 10, 2008
. . . an engaging look at a time and place when black men and women had to fight for dignity and respect against overwhelming forces
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2008
The Great Debaters belongs in any year's-best conversation.
Diana Saenger
January 7, 2008
The Great Debaters is an amazing story, but it's the sensational direction and terrific cast that make the theme resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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