Waiting for Superman Reviews

April 28, 2015
Overlooks some larger issues regarding systemic poverty and social inequities, while the tricky matter of private funding is elided altogether.
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.
November 29, 2010
A hectoring, simplistic affair that has nothing of value to contribute to the British debate.
November 14, 2010
Tells us little we don't already know about why most schools need to be fixed.
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.
October 14, 2010
Go see it, and then talk about it. But don't necessarily buy into it.
October 14, 2010
Change? Hope? Action? Well, there's a number you can text at the end of the film for that. Gee, thanks, Mr. Guggenheim.
October 14, 2010
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.
October 7, 2010
It's just an advertisement for boarding the Good Intentions Express, bound for... I don't know where. And neither does Davis Guggenheim.
October 4, 2010
We need another movie, one that shows us why some charter schools work and others dont.
September 23, 2010
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.
September 21, 2010
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 nave.