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Chicago private school Providence St. Mel is regarded as one of the most outstanding (and influential) educational institutions in the country, mostly because it has managed to send 100 percent of its graduates to college over the course of its 30-year history. Director Rollin Binzer takes a closer look at Providence St. Mel in this fascinating documentary, which explores the school's teaching methods, curriculum, disciplinary tactics and other basic hallmarks of educational excellence.

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  • Rollin Binzer's tribute only underscores the mind-bogglingly hazardous crapshoot we take when entrusting our children to local classrooms anywhere in the U.S.

    February 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The subjects seem to be guiding the director through the movie, which offers no objectivity and avoids obvious questions. It's among the best films in history within its genre, but that genre is infomercial.

    October 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This uplifting documentary breaks no new ground stylistically, but the story it tells is urgent and compelling.

    October 2, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Adams is well worth a movie, and this one's engaging as far as it goes. But for the film to be truer to the school's reputation, it would have had to dig a little deeper.

    October 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Adams and the school's students and teachers deserve an A-plus, although the film rates a much lower grade. It unfolds lifelessly, as Binzer parades a contingent of talking heads before the camera in what could pass for an infomercial.

    September 25, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • More an infomercial than a movie, The Providence Effect is, at best, a well-earned tribute to one man(TM)s unwavering vision.

    September 25, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Rollin Binzer's tribute only underscores the mind-bogglingly hazardous crapshoot we take when entrusting our children to local classrooms anywhere in the U.S.

    February 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The subjects seem to be guiding the director through the movie, which offers no objectivity and avoids obvious questions. It's among the best films in history within its genre, but that genre is infomercial.

    October 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This uplifting documentary breaks no new ground stylistically, but the story it tells is urgent and compelling.

    October 2, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Adams is well worth a movie, and this one's engaging as far as it goes. But for the film to be truer to the school's reputation, it would have had to dig a little deeper.

    October 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A moving bio-pic about an unsung hero with a winning education formula which ought to be replicated in inner cities all across the country.

    February 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Objective viewers may criticize the filmmakers' tendency to view their subject through rose-colored glasses. Still, the subject is fascinating.

    October 2, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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