Freedom Writers Synopsis
A Los Angeles teacher (Hilary Swank) inspires a class of at-risk students to believe in themselves.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
I say bring 'em on, if the stories can be told as well, as convincingly and as inspirationally as Richard LaGravenese's Freedom Writers, an...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie works.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The movie is based on the life of California high school teacher Erin Gruwell, played with captivating honesty by Hilary Swank, yet it...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Hilary Swank gives a powerhouse performance as a maverick high school teacher in Freedom Writers, an often gripping and sometimes even...
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By James Berardinelli
Freedom Writers delivers the expected messages about hope and the ability to change one's destiny, and does it in a manner that it is...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Square, sincere, and proud of it.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Overall Freedom Writers is a noble effort. At a time when New Year's resolutions to change already are falling by the wayside, you can't...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Leave it to Hilary Swank. Even when her film's pace lags behind its cliches, she sparks this true story, about a California teacher who...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film is both too short and too long at two hours-plus. Not enough time is spent with the teens and far too much with their teacher.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Freedom Writers is an earnest, well-meaning attempt at inspirational teen drama. It has some moving scenes and honest observations, based...
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Just amazing!!

By montesalex96
Have to see this movie!!!!!...

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By misscb
Dedicated Teacher Inspires Racially-divided School...


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Freedom Writers

By my opinion
Excellent movie!! It's reality!...

''I loved it!"

By sodapop1
Freedom Writers stars Hilary Swank (Gone Baby Gone) and Patrick Dempsey (Enchanted). It's about a young teacher (Swank) inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and...

So Great

By Cool Movie Guy

the best movie in awhile

By tinkerbell2cma
I went to see this today with my mom and I LOVED it!! this is one of the best true stories I have seen in a long time. If you haven't seen it, you must!!!!!...


By xtremskier
i go to the movies bout 2 times a week nd this has to be the best movie i seen! cant wait till bears tooth get it nd i can c it agian!...

Powerful and Moving... not what you think

By sundevil
I have to admit that I thought this would be the same as a half dozen other movies where a silver-spooned White teacher goes into the ghetto to teach. It was a similar plot, but the story is so much...

Freedom Writers

By jmovie
Thought it was excellent!...

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Rated PG-13 | For violent content, some thematic material and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Familiar plot has a strong, inspirational message.
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