• Released
  • September 24, 2010
  • (Limited 9/24; Expands 10/8)
  • PG , 1 hr 42 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Waiting for Superman Synopsis
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim examines the failure of U.S. schools.
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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...
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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,...
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Entertainment Weekly

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

By Carrie Rickey
The most challenging obstacle encountered by reformers like Canada and Michelle Rhee, the embattled chancellor of education for Washington,...
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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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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...
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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...
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Boston Globe

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

By UptownWoman
A MUST-SEE film! Should WAKE UP America to our educational system CRISIS!...

Hold Parent's Accountable/Where do they fit in?

By teacherluvsmovies
Florida may have unions but they are useless because the state is a Right to Work state and doesn't really recognize unions. Florida teachers have not received a penny raise in five years.There are...

Must Go...

By Harlem317
...especially if you have children. I went to see it because we have already been stressing about what to do with my 3 year old. We have been exploring all of our options, and living in Harlem the...


By rothaus
Any parent with a child in public school should see this movie. Only a tremendous outcry from the public is going to change a structure that is indefensible. Good teachers will also be pleased to see...

Is it really about the kids?

By prodz66
This movie was put together very well. The subject matter is quite disturbing. I have to say that it's better to be disturbed than to be ignorant. Definitely worth seeing....


By jeff31572
This countrie's politicians at all levels, the teachers unions, the teachers (they elect the Union leaders), the PTAs, the local Board of Educations, have for the last 40 years had their fingers in...

Must See

By pmichaelcheck
Brilliant. Moving. Inspiring....

it is a must see

By jennifer_cid
it will reaffirm that the education system in the US needs a change...

"A simple solution for complex problem."

By LucidDreams
That is a provocative film that provides an inside view of the failing education system. One of the most impressive statistics presented is the comparison in the cost of incarceration vs. education....

Missed its mark

By dezball
The students they follow in this movie all have extremely involved parental figures who are fighting for them to have a better education. No matter where they go to school, kids with this type of...

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Rated PG | For incidental smoking, some thematic material and mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Thought-provoking docu uncovers educational challenges.
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