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Won't Back Down Reviews

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September 1, 2017
It's all way too much and perhaps the most troubling aspect is that it casts the teachers' union as the villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2016
This film is worth a watch -- and a debate afterwards.
April 17, 2016
"Won't Back Down" packs a punch and it deserves to be seen, no matter one's political persuasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2015
Funded by conservative Christian billionaire Phil Anschutz and released by rightwing overlord Rupert Murdoch, it attempts to fashion a feel-good family-friendly triumph of union busting and privatization.
June 30, 2013
While the story is predictable, it compensates for that with great acting and a noble purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 26, 2013
A do-gooder movie so stupid and unoriginal it had to steal its title from a Tom Petty song.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
January 29, 2013
'Dumbing down' a film about educational reform defeats any point; while proficiently made, Won't Back Down's glib feel-good message deserves to fall on deaf ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 28, 2013
As terrible as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 27, 2013
An altogether crude, melodramatic and unhelpful picture.
January 25, 2013
More anti-union propaganda masquerading as entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 24, 2013
All efforts to add zest to a serious subject fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 24, 2013
A straight-talking, partisan account about the failings of a broken system and a band of women who argued for better for their children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2013
It is well meant, undoubtedly about something that matters, and it bends over backwards not to trash the teachers' unions gratuitously, but amid the attempts at gritty reality, I found the happy-ending imperative unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 24, 2013
The forces of unionism are mainly pilloried as lazy sell-outs, which is a pity, because a lot of other tangy issues come into play here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2013
Emotionally engaging drama that compensates for its predictability with a pair of terrific performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, though it's also a little fuzzy on the actual details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2013
Shamelessly manipulative, this propagandist drama purports to champion the democratisation of parents' choice yet is little more than a big, cinematic union bashing stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2013
You might find the political tub-thumping behind this cockle-warming drama a tad disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 21, 2013
It's allegedly "inspired by true events", but in much the same way that Yogi Bear is based on an actual bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 21, 2013
The leads are fine, but the movie's about as fun as summer school.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2012
... Gyllenhaal and Davis make a powerhouse team ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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