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Pressure Cooker Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Wilma Stephenson...definitely deserves a subtler cinematic testament than this lazily inspirational documentary.
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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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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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
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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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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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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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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.