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Won't Back Down Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Las Vegas Weekly
October 4, 2012
A lifeless film... The story is designed and decorated rather than told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 4, 2012
A lifeless film... the story is designed and decorated rather than told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 3, 2012
Viewers will buy into the Erin Brockovich-style spunk Gyllenhaal provides, and Davis, an actor so emotional that even her nose cries on cue. It's not a bad movie, if you're inclined to be manipulated by impromptu romance and rousing changes of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2012
It's a corporate-studio movie purporting that the working class needs to turn against their unions to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 2, 2012
With its melodramatic flourishes, simplistic black-and-white moralizing and general aura of studied manipulation, Won't Back Down is part of the problem rather than the solution.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 1, 2012
It mixes attempts at realism and grit with transparently Hollywoodized good guys-vs.-bad guys social melodrama. That requires a deft directorial hand, but director Daniel Barnz doesn't seem to have it.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2012
Inspiring tale of a mom's quest to better her kid's school.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 30, 2012
Preachy yet persuasive, appealing to desperate, often outraged parents who are deeply concerned about the obvious failure of the American public school system.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
September 30, 2012
All films should aspire to manipulating their audiences. [this film] does just that, but with no subtlety and little genuine conflict or tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 29, 2012
Won't Back Down supports the idea of privatizing some schools. The concept is controversial but provokes interesting discussion. Unfortunately, it's done in a very bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 28, 2012
These actors will, no doubt, survive to again give stellar performances - unless those dirty union bosses pull their SAG cards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
September 28, 2012
an absolute fabricated work of fiction, hiding behind the label "Inspired by True Events"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 28, 2012
... misses with its criticism of a wide-open target and is therefore is unlikely to inspire change.
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects
September 28, 2012
Gyllenhaal and Davis are more than serviceable in their lead performances and appropriately never seem to be there just for the paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 28, 2012
A marriage made in hell between bad politics and bad art.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 28, 2012
The question isn't how such a ham-fisted, clichéd and, frankly, stupefyingly simple-minded film got made. The question is: How did it recruit such a talented cast into its union-bashing ranks?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 28, 2012
Well-done, well-meaning but predictable, by-the-familiar-numbers drama about two working single mothers who go activist to buck the public-school bureaucracy and create a better learning institution for their own and other urban kids.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 28, 2012
Social-issue movies can have real societal impact. That's why Won't Back Down, which presses a lot of hot buttons, deserves to be taken seriously, and criticized seriously, on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 28, 2012
Geez, I was born and raised in a union family, but by the middle of the story, I was ready to set fire to my union badge. Just a tad heavy-handed.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 28, 2012
It is wildly manipulative and totally predictable. Yet it is worth seeing on the big screen if for no other reason than it features the wonderful Viola Davis.
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