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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.
This uplifting documentary breaks no new ground stylistically, but the story it tells is urgent and compelling.
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.
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.
More an infomercial than a movie, The Providence Effect is, at best, a well-earned tribute to one manâ(TM)s unwavering vision.
The Providence Effect is impressive, although not quite the film it could have been.
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.
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.
Objective viewers may criticize the filmmakers' tendency to view their subject through rose-colored glasses. Still, the subject is fascinating.
Marginally compelling and well-edited while deficient when it comes to insight and provocativeness. You'll find a lot of potatoes here, but not enough meat.
The Providence Effect comes off as more a gauzy 90-minute infomercial for the school than a real examination of its methods and strategies for success.
Providence-St. Mel's achievements are truly laudable, but its inspirational lessons get watered down by the uncritical approach taken by director/producer Rollin Binzer.
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