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Pressure Cooker Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Wilma Stephenson...definitely deserves a subtler cinematic testament than this lazily inspirational documentary.
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
May 31, 2012
Inspiring cooking-themed docu is great for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
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
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
May 25, 2009
Unlike the United States's dismal university application process, this documentary is breathtakingly equal opportunity in its search for human poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
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
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
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
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 11, 2009
A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Washington Post
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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 27, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
May 18, 2009
Wilma Stephenson is a charismatic teacher who does great things for her charges, but her job appears not as difficult as you might think.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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