The Providence Effect (2009)

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Providence-St. Mel, a private school in Chicago, is celebrated nationwide for its remarkable success rate: for nearly 30 years, 100 percent of its students have gone on to attend college. As the nation faces an ongoing crisis in public education, many administrators and activists have begun turning to the Providence model to boost test scores and student confidence. This documentary chronicles the school's unique history, and offers testimonies from generations of Providence-St. Mel teachers and alumni.
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PG (for some mild thematic elements)
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Providence Effect

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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This uplifting documentary breaks no new ground stylistically, but the story it tells is urgent and compelling.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
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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
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
New York Post
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More an infomercial than a movie, The Providence Effect is, at best, a well-earned tribute to one manâ(TM)s unwavering vision.

September 24, 2009
New York Times
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The Providence Effect is impressive, although not quite the film it could have been.

Full Review… | September 23, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
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