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Waiting for Superman Reviews

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December 9, 2010
While it may not be comprehensive in its approach, it is powerful enough to get all but the most apathetic people stirred up enough to do something.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 6, 2010
Guggenheim painted a similarly apocalyptic tale of the future in An Inconvenient Truth; once again, he shows a knack for presenting otherwise dry facts and figures in both a simple and dramatic way, combining them with heart- rending human stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 29, 2010
In the end, this is scattergun film-making, well-intentioned but sloppy, sometimes deliberately evasive. If this documentary were an exam essay, I'd fail it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 29, 2010
A hectoring, simplistic affair that has nothing of value to contribute to the British debate.
November 29, 2010
You know you're in an endangered superpower when a vice-president who spells "potatos" without an "e" is followed two decades later by a president for whom the plural of child is "childrens".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 29, 2010
An intriguing but ultimately niche documentary about the Catch-22 situation facing parents in the matter of their child's education.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 28, 2010
...a persuasive, thoughtful argument; an advocacy film that should be taken as an opportunity to open an important conversation about our future - and whether we're willing to do the work necessary to justify our national amour-propre.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
November 14, 2010
Tells us little we don't already know about why most schools need to be fixed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 8, 2010
The way Guggenheim builds up suspense by, in effect, watching the life or death (in the film's terms) of five kids decided at random is a little sickening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 2, 2010
Although the movie has an extremely retrograde viewpoint, it is a must-see for those trying to understand the hype around charter schools.
October 21, 2010
A potent mixture of facts and figures and heart-tugging stories.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 20, 2010
Almost certainly going to end up on the short list for this year's Best Documentary Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 18, 2010
Everyone interested in the welfare of children and the future of our country should see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 18, 2010
An Oscar-quality expose' laying the blame for the escalating dropout rate right at the feet of a greedy and selfish teachers' union which could care less about educating the country's kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2010
The film, while preachy at times and overly simplistic at others, represents a necessary and often maddening look at an important issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 16, 2010
... a thought-provoking call to arms.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2010
It's impossible not to be left either elated or heartbroken, depending on which way the (lottery) ball bounces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2010
This important, gut-wrenching film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It looks to be a strong candidate to duplicate that feat at the Academy Awards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2010
It may be the case that Guggenheim is a better instigator than filmmaker, as the debate about our educational system appears to be on the upswing at present. For this.... Waiting for 'Superman' is essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2010
Waiting for 'Superman' isn't just a well-made, persuasive documentary. It's a turning point. At least you come out of the theater hoping so.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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