• Released
  • September 28, 2012
  • PG , 2 hr 1 min
  • Drama
  • 314 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Two women will stop at nothing to transform their children's failing inner-city school.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Won't Back Down says that whatever your feelings about the subject, lack of change cannot be the answer to our public-education crisis....
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
For sure, this is a cause movie - sometimes it even feels that way - in favor of charter schools and against the teachers unions. Still,...
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
I haven't seen a timelier or more important film this year, and the film's passion for school choice could hardly be more warranted. Along...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Barnz tries, at least a bit, to acknowledge the heroic and historic legacy of the union movement and its rightful place in the contemporary...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While there are moments where this drama, about a pair of mothers hellbent on improving their children's education, is compelling and...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The issue is contentious, messy, prone to wishful thinking. Some see a corporate plot to privatize schools. Others see a last chance to...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

The movie addresses timely issues but eschews shading in favor of blunt black and white. It's old-school Lifetime fodder dressed up in...
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40

Movieline

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The film is all for teaching as a calling. What it doesn't do is offer it the dignity of also being a job.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
I am neither anti-charter schools nor anti-union. I am, however, firmly against heavy-handed lectures disguised as art.
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30

NPR

By Ella Taylor
For all its strenuous feints at fair play, though, Won't Back Down is something less honorable - a propaganda piece with blame on its mind.
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Rated PG | For Thematic elements and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Inspiring tale of a mom's quest to better her kid's school.
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