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Pressure Cooker Reviews

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May 31, 2012
Inspiring cooking-themed docu is great for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 9, 2010
The movie's sense of inspiration is realistic. It never implies a future of glamour, only hard-won success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2010
By the end, you won't need to slice onions to get the tear ducts working.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2009
Wilma Stephenson...definitely deserves a subtler cinematic testament than this lazily inspirational documentary.
July 17, 2009
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 10, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2009
A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 7, 2009
I grew a deep hunger while watching Pressure Cooker, not just from the students' mouthwatering dishes, but from the fact that teacher/chef Wilma Stephenson could uniformly inspire such success.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 1, 2009
These stories move and inspire as tales of youth in need cooking up opportunity from scratch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 31, 2009
High school teacher Wilma Stephenson nourishes her culinary arts students in their hungry bids for better lives. An inspiration, 'Pressure Cooker' is a welcome antithesis to slice and dice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2009
It's convincing because of the force of Wilma Stephenson's personality and the fierce love she bestows on her culinary arts students at Philadelphia's Frankford High School.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2009
Neither the filmmakers nor the students-nor, for that matter, Stephenson-are fishing for sympathy. What they really want most is to give back-to provide nourishment, literal and figurative, to those who have so generously helped nourish them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 28, 2009
Pressure Cooker is both a tribute to a teacher who actually cares and kids who actually want to learn. Would that there were more people like them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2009
An engaging, uplifting, well-edited and occasionally suspenseful documentary that leaves you hungry for more insight into the lives of the culinary arts students and their Judge Judy-like teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
May 27, 2009
A fitting tribute to a selfless role model with an big heart and an indomitable spirit. Let's face it, they don't make 'em like Wilma Stephenson anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 27, 2009
Pressure Cooker belongs to the honorable genre of inspirational films dedicated to the proposition that one passionate teacher can make a difference in the lives of students.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 27, 2009
Stephenson looms largest as a reminder of what the right teacher can mean to a kid looking for a way out; it takes a strong woman and a special grace to not only let her protégés go, year after year, but practically shove them out the door.
May 27, 2009
'Pressure Cooker' doesn't have quite the same epic scope (or length) as 'Hoop Dreams,' the previous movie it most closely resembles, but it is cut from the same rich cloth.
May 26, 2009
Such a heartfelt inspirational story that one can fully understand why it seemed like such a worthwhile effort to capture the results of Stephenson's efforts on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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