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Waiting for Superman Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Change? Hope? Action? Well, there's a number you can text at the end of the film for that. Gee, thanks, Mr. Guggenheim.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

October 14, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's just an advertisement for boarding the Good Intentions Express, bound for... I don't know where. And neither does Davis Guggenheim.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

October 7, 2010
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

November 8, 2010
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

November 29, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tells us little we don't already know about why most schools need to be fixed.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

November 14, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Guggenheim's insistence on not engaging with the injustices that children of certain races and classes face outside of school makes his reiteration of the obvious... seem all the more willfully na´ve.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 21, 2010
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal

Go see it, and then talk about it. But don't necessarily buy into it.

Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2010
Philip French
Guardian [UK]

A hectoring, simplistic affair that has nothing of value to contribute to the British debate.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]

November 29, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Guggenheim does not seem aware that extensive educational research has failed to identify what makes a "great teacher" or how to train one, nor that there are strikingly different and conflicting strategies for teaching literacy.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 23, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The fact that most charters fare no better than regular public schools, or do worse, is only glancingly mentioned.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2010
David Denby
New Yorker
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We need another movie, one that shows us why some charter schools work and others dont.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 4, 2010
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Waiting for "Superman" is the movie version of all those books and white papers about flaws in the U.S. educational system that we're generally too illiterate or lazy to read.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: B-

October 14, 2010
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 6, 2013
Dan Gear
Moviedex

Like all topical documentaries with a worthy approach, it encourages awareness and debate about yet another inconvenient truth.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 5, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2011
Linda Shaw
Seattle Times
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Guggenheim succeeds in asking tough questions. At the end of the film, after he's made us root for these kids and worry about the state of our schools, he asks: "Did we do the right thing? Did we do enough?"

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2010
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

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.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B+

March 24, 2011
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au

The superhero metaphor enables some synergistic retro TV series footage but it doesn't quite suit the argument.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 30, 2011
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Guggenheim knows how to hit that sweet spot, where the head and heart meet, and where great ideas begin to transform into action.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2010
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

More overwhelming than uplifting, and you can't help but feel this is a rich outsider looking in, and down on, public schools.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 3/4

January 29, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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