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Won't Back Down Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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-
Andy Lea
Daily Star
January 23, 2013
You might find the political tub-thumping behind this cockle-warming drama a tad disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Eddie Harrison
The List
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
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 26, 2012
It's rich territory for human drama; unfortunately, the film is more interested in slapping a charter-school Band-Aid on the gushing wound than exploring dramatic possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2012
A film where typecasting and color-coding makes it easy to predict which characters are good or bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 26, 2012
A propaganda piece with blame on its mind.
Grant Rollings
The Sun (UK)
January 24, 2013
All efforts to add zest to a serious subject fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alison Willmore
Movieline
September 27, 2012
The film is all for teaching as a calling. What it doesn't do is offer it the dignity of also being a job.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 28, 2012
Merely uncorks a box of Crayons and broadly colors over the issues at hand, doing a disservice to the parents, students, and teachers who struggle with this impasse on a daily basis.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
September 27, 2012
You get exactly what you expect from it, but like the parents in the film, I wanted a lot more than just good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012
It's not its anti-union take on the relevant issue, but the shallow treatment, cardboard characters, and overacting that bog down its well-intentioned message.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
January 21, 2013
The leads are fine, but the movie's about as fun as summer school.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 27, 2012
Even terrific casting and a well-intentioned story don't add up to a wholehearted cinematic win.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 28, 2012
Won't Back Down doesn't wholly make the grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 27, 2012
"Won't Back Down's" suggestions for improving K-12 education include having kids wish themselves into college using "The Secret." Yeah, that should do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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