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Tony Horkins
Total Film
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
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Philip French
November 29, 2010
A hectoring, simplistic affair that has nothing of value to contribute to the British debate.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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
Damon Wise
Radio Times
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 14, 2010
Tells us little we don't already know about why most schools need to be fixed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
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
Louis Proyect
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.
Eric D. Snider
October 21, 2010
A potent mixture of facts and figures and heart-tugging stories.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Susan Granger
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
Kam Williams
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
Stephen Silver
The Trend
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 16, 2010
... a thought-provoking call to arms.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
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
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 15, 2010
Interesting and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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