Reviews

Jan 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
Oct 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 28, 2012
Won't Back Down doesn't wholly make the grade.
Sep 28, 2012
Americans desperately need to have some difficult conversations about the state of public education, but Won't Back Down goes about the task too awkwardly to be helpful or interesting.
Sep 28, 2012
"Won't Back Down" details a bureaucratic process, and yet it plays more like an intense, emotional movie about parents and children.
Sep 28, 2012
While the cast is filled with award winners, writer-director Daniel Barnz is a dunce who can't construct an argument without employing flimsy logic and cardboard characters.
Sep 28, 2012
What should have been a rousing, feel-good, "inspired by a true story" film benefits from strong performances but suffers from a palpably skewed point of view.
Sep 28, 2012
So didactic that viewers are likely to feel less uplifted than lectured.
Sep 28, 2012
The film makes a serious effort to present the other side's points.
Sep 28, 2012
[Barns] pours on the corn syrup pretty heavy in parts and it's pretty obvious the film has a clear agenda ...
Sep 28, 2012
A drama that's as intellectually crude as it is emotionally calculated.
Sep 27, 2012
Even terrific casting and a well-intentioned story don't add up to a wholehearted cinematic win.
Sep 27, 2012
So shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair.
Sep 27, 2012
Teachers unions are by no means perfect, but Won't Back Down turns them into public school enemy number one.
Sep 27, 2012
Though it's wonderfully acted, the film stacks the deck so badly that it fails as drama.