Speech & Debate Reviews

April 11, 2017
The film's stage origins, and a cameo appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, may be of interest to theater buffs, but everyone else will be left wondering what all the fuss was about.
April 7, 2017
Once a darkly comic romp centered around outing a pedophile teacher, this adaptation has been shorn of its sharpest edges, leaving a largely unfocused, conventional teen dramedy in its place.
April 6, 2017
Over all, the movie ... has a focus problem that leaves its humorous moments obscured and its intentions hazy.
April 6, 2017
Although the story, which feels a tad past its expiration date, never digs too deeply into its central issues (hypocrisy, loneliness, censorship, finding one's voice), Dan Harris' peppy direction and nimble turns by the film's young leads prevail.
April 5, 2017
Harris structures Speech & Debate like a musical comedy that's building up to a cathartic final number, but scene after scene just falls flat.