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Pressure Cooker (2009)

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Fighting to overcome the challenges of broken homes, abusive pasts, and financial burdens, three inner-city seniors at Philadelphia's Frankford High School find an unlikely champion in the kitchen of Wilma Stephenson. A legend in the school system, Mrs. Stephenson is a force to be reckoned with, and her boot camp method of teaching Culinary Arts is not for the faint of heart. Under her fierce direction, the usual distractions of high school-the cheerleading practices, football games, and school dances-are swept aside as the students focus on preparing for a citywide cooking competition for scholarships to some of the country's top culinary arts institutions.

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The movie's sense of inspiration is realistic. It never implies a future of glamour, only hard-won success.

September 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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An earnest crowd-pleaser that could have used an extra helping of dramatic tension -- but it succeeds by placing us in an interesting world with characters who are impossible not to root for.

August 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Wilma Stephenson...definitely deserves a subtler cinematic testament than this lazily inspirational documentary.

August 20, 2009 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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If the filmmakers do little to expand the vocabulary of the genre, they enhance our appreciation of that most undervalued sector of the American workforce, the city schoolteacher.

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Pressure Cooker is not about pressure so much as clarity of purpose. It's about a unique teacher's way of building confidence and pride, with results that joyously speak for themselves.

July 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment.

June 11, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Has this one in my Netflix queue for ages. Basically Spellbound for high school culinary students.

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