Heart of Stone (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Heart of Stone
Director Beth Toni Kruvant hits incredible highs and a shocking low as she explores the cultures of past and present student bodies that come together in a common cause.
Heart of Stone is a heartbreaker: a documentary about an inner-city high school that shows how hard, how necessary, and how infinitely rewarding it can be to open doors for kids who didn't know they were there.
Heart of Stone is a portrait of a dedicated man -- smart, articulate, strong and tough-minded yet warm and compassionate, willing and able to reach out and communicate with his students on an individual basis.
Two things keep Heart of Stone from being like every other documentary about a dedicated principal who tries to turn a failed urban high school around.
Audience Reviews for Heart of Stone
This is easily one of the most inspiring and poignant movies (not just documentaries) I have seen in many a year. The depiction of one man's quest to bring good from a hell hole of a high school populated by tough yet hopeless kids from the one of the roughest neighborhoods in the US is inspirational. The dialog and footage of Ron Stone and his students is memorable and insightful. The interplay of the alumni association and their quest to do good is remarkable--how people who have little but history and no other vested interest try to make a difference in the lives of the far less fortunate is quite gratifying. The footage of Newark of yesterday and today bring into focus the vivid contrasts of the people of this neighborhood (or hood). The students featured in the film are people one begins to both like, understand and cheer for as they go through life. This is a film not to be missed, and in my opinion should be must see for high school and college students and their families.
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