• Released
  • September 24, 2010
  • (Limited 9/24; Expands 10/8)
  • PG , 1 hr 42 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is a time when urgent issues are often explored in polemic documentaries, as well as a fateful moment when the future of public education is being debated with unprecedented intensity. Waiting for 'Superman' makes an invaluable addition to the debate.
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100

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
It's an apt title. As divisive as the issue has become, it's hard to deny the power of Guggenheim's lingering shots on these children, waiting on a superhero who isn't going to come.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Powerful, passionate, and potentially revolution-inducing documentary.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The most challenging obstacle encountered by reformers like Canada and Michelle Rhee, the embattled chancellor of education for Washington, D.C., are the unions extending tenure protection to teachers who underperform.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This movie isn't just a necessity (listen up, do-nothing politicians) - it might change your future.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A moving and effective film whose subject may lack the hot-button boxoffice appeal of the director's "An Inconvenient Truth" but is at least a crisis practically everyone agrees actually exists.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Why are innovative educators met with so much resistance? And why is our system falling so painfully short? Perhaps ­because so many of us don't realize just how dire things ­really are.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a patient, simmering movie. It's contemplative but without his usual smitten indulgences.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
I could have done without the clips from the old "Superman" TV show - strictly sugar to make the medicine go down, and a sign that the director doesn't fully trust his audience.
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75

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Waiting For Superman may rub a little raw here and there, but if it stirs that memory in enough voting and tax-paying Americans, it has at least begun to do its job.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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