• Released
  • September 24, 2010
  • (Limited 9/24; Expands 10/8)
  • PG , 1 hr 42 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
  • 200 Fan Ratings
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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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG | For incidental smoking, some thematic material and mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Thought-provoking docu uncovers educational challenges.
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