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The Great Debaters Reviews

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March 6, 2014
For all of its fine moments of acting, the picture never rises above it's own formulaic script. It's "Hoosiers" with lesser underdogs but larger moral lessons, and the film itself fails to convince the audience nearly as well as it's own protagonist's real life successes. There isn't anything revolutionary happening here.
½ February 24, 2014
let me start of this review by saying Denzel Washington like some of his movies doesn't make it about his character, he focuses more on the story of the characters and his directing talents are shown within the film. he gives the movie to the actors that are strategically placed within the film that really carry the story that makes it uplifting
½ January 30, 2014
Fueled by Washington at his fiery best and a couple of other good actors, plenty of engaging dialogues and an inspiring story, this is a triumphant feel-good tale that lifts you and makes you applaud the movie just like a good point made in a debate.
December 26, 2013
Rather generic, but still a worthy film. True story about an anti-capitalist teacher in the Deep South who leads his students to beat the Harvard debate team
December 19, 2013
Great acting and dialogue helps make up for a simplistic plot line.
December 14, 2013
Inspirational well-made drama.
½ November 3, 2013
Excellent script and beautiful story. May say also good job of Denzel Washington creating the proper environment for the drama of the time.
½ October 4, 2013
A great cast and some very emotional moments make up for uneven tone and progression.
½ September 29, 2013
A truly inspiring story about honing the mind through education, this film directed by Denzel Washington was a joy to watch. Set against the turbulent times of civil rights movement in US, this is a true underdog story that will make you cheer often and forcefully!
September 18, 2013
Denzel Washington's second directorial effort is a good natured and passionate tribute to an unsung hero of the US racial conflict. While admittedly its story may point to a certain lack in originality, the quality of the performances given by the cast and the screenplay by Robert Eisele makes this period drama stand out from others of the kind.
June 29, 2013
Denzel Washington exhibits pride and enormous aplomb in his directorial debut about the first all-African American debate team going against impossible racist odds to defeat Harvard.
June 28, 2013
Watches this in speech class, and I truly enjoyed it.
½ June 10, 2013
Great Movie. Great Cast. Brought up a lot of feelings in me. The racial issues of 1935 Texas, a very scary thing.
June 5, 2013
Much, much more than Remember the Titans with debating. Denzel Washington dominates this picture with a truly inspiring story of a debate team that rises against the odds. The formulaic story doesn't hurt the film's shining strength, which is the depiction of racism and the sustenance of its true menace throughout the atmosphere of the entire film.
½ June 4, 2013
A conventional, yet inspiring debate tale that has a great performance from Denzel Washington.
½ June 2, 2013
Not Bad. It was a feel good film. It reminded me of a sport movie.
May 27, 2013
It's like Rocky, Stand and Deliver and Mississippi Burning all wrapped into one.
May 12, 2013
Good Movie; Recommend
May 1, 2013
More points for the movie's account of remarkable historical characters and events than for the average acting.
April 26, 2013
Thought provoking intense dramatic Movie, This is an intense Movie with deep Moralistic views, Well acted and directed, Based on a true story. This movie will leave you thinking long after the Movie has ended. Not the kind of Movie you would watch for entertainment purposes this is for those wanting intellectual stimulation.
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