Waiting for Superman Reviews

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November 17, 2018
Guggenheim's heartbreaking film, a Best Documentary contender that did not even get nominated---he won for An Inconvenient Truth---opens with an admission of white liberal guilt.
October 3, 2018
It makes it a heart-wrenching true story about what adult special interests are costing our children.
June 29, 2017
Don't miss this one, even if it seems a bit long at two hours. It's classy and artfully produced.
April 28, 2015
Overlooks some larger issues regarding systemic poverty and social inequities, while the tricky matter of private funding is elided altogether.
January 29, 2013
More overwhelming than uplifting, and you can't help but feel this is a rich outsider looking in, and down on, public schools.
January 6, 2013
Intelligent and thought-provoking, this documentary may not be one of the best movies of the year but it's surely one of the most important ones.
July 14, 2011
Waiting For Superman is at times powerful, often tragic and -- at the very end -- incredibly moving.
May 5, 2011
Like all topical documentaries with a worthy approach, it encourages awareness and debate about yet another inconvenient truth.
April 4, 2011
It's still a vital topic for discussion and worth seeing if only because it organizes a few focal points for ongoing public debate.
March 31, 2011
It's possible that one of the reasons why the film wasn't nominated for a best-documentary Oscar was because it was too horrifying.
March 30, 2011
The superhero metaphor enables some synergistic retro TV series footage but it doesn't quite suit the argument.
March 24, 2011
I'm sure some will disagree with the points that Davis Guggenheim is making. That's to be expected but it will help generate a badly needed debate on this subject matter.
March 23, 2011
I wish Guggenheim had - as he did in The First Year - stepped back, followed these families, and let their stories speak for themselves...Still ... the raw materials are there, and it would take a heart of stone to not sympathise with the subjects.
March 23, 2011
While there are gaps left uncanvassed, this remains an absorbing exploration of a crucial issue which not only exposes problems, but offers answers.
March 21, 2011
Just as he passionately got stuck into Al Gore's global warming theories in An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim explores the US school system in an expose of its appalling inadequacies... an excellent and sobering documentary
March 7, 2011
Waiting for "Superman" is essential viewing. It's as simple as that...Most importantly, it is impossible not to be touched, nay, radicalised by this devastatingly inconvenient truth.
January 14, 2011
... a close look at the current (US education) system is all it takes to consider making a real change.
January 10, 2011
The audience of the public school system documentary Waiting for "Superman" is either supposed to get depressed into action, enraged into action, or overwhelmed into inaction
December 29, 2010
I'd suggest watching the movie just to be able to get a picture of what's going on in your head, and then following up with further research afterwards.
December 28, 2010
'Waiting for Superman' is an important yet definitely flawed discourse on the current courses America's public educational system is taking, making, faking and breaking.
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