The Great Debaters Reviews

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February 18, 2012
November 17, 2011
January 29, 2008
Despite its transparent manipulations, the film is more decent than it deserves to be, particularly when the kids step up to the podium and get passionate
January 4, 2008
It's terrifically acted, pretty much a given with this cast.
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.
December 28, 2007
The Great Debaters is well-acted, deeply felt and delivers a positive message about the importance of education.
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.
December 26, 2007
The Great Debaters plays it way too safe, when life for the real people who inspired it was anything but.
December 26, 2007
It's important, it's deeply inspiring, it's something from our not-so-distant past we must not forget, and it should be must-see viewing for high school and college students of all backgrounds.
December 26, 2007
A rouser, a stunner, almost a jubilee of emotion and suspense by the old standards of Hollywood melodrama, circa the time the actual events themselves took place.
December 26, 2007
It's ultimately less a movie than a high-gloss civics lesson.
December 26, 2007
Resolved: No more movies can have inspiring, self-sacrificing teachers standing on desks.
December 26, 2007
The goal here is to educate and to inspire, and that's what The Great Debaters does.
December 26, 2007
[It's] is history at its most entertaining, and a vivid reminder that we're all living in a country built and then rebuilt by people who turned their passion into logical, rational arguments that moved us, step by step, down the road to justice.
December 26, 2007
For a movie about a debate team -- one with the word 'debaters' in the title, no less -- Denzel Washington's second effort as a director doesn't have that much interest in what a debate looks and sounds like.
December 26, 2007
There are enough things to admire about The Great Debaters, the heavily fictionalized true story of The Little Debate Team That Could, that your impulse is to forgive the movie its shortcomings.
December 26, 2007
It's an inspirational film that wears its heart on its sleeve. But it's got a good, strong heart and, despite some awkward moments in the later going, it's an elegantly directed second effort from Washington.
December 26, 2007
The Great Debaters keeps things on the surface and pushes the obvious buttons, hoping you won't notice its distinct lack of depth.
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