Great performances but needed more emotional impact from the story

By HoodCritic1
Written August 30, 2014
I was hoping this movie would have more punch to it regarding it is about a very sensitive current topic in the country. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis really stepped up to the plate and delivered what they were supposed to do in their performances about a struggling mother and teacher who are trying to turn a school around for the benefit of their children and students but I felt that Daniel Barnes didn't contribute enough to make the story resonate with the audience and that is where it fell flat. It was educative more than entertaining and that is where I was disappointed. I liked the movie but I was hoping to love it more. It didn't measure up.
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By friday996
Written July 25, 2014
I did like the film, it's very interesting because it touches the very reason why some school are failing, and also shows how dificcult it is to get parents and teachers involved to try and change the culture of our school system.
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Won't Back Down

By ptinc11
Written September 03, 2014
Inspiring, fun, thought-provoking, well-acted. Maggie Gyllenhaal really made this film. She was very appealing. It is a film that the entire family can enjoy. I liked it very much. It provided some good entertainment while addressing the issue wide-spread failure of our public schools to adequately prepare our children to assume a constructive and productive role in society. The issue of excessive influence of teacher's unions was dramaticlly portrayed in a melodramatic fashion. Yes teacher's unions have excessive influence protecting some teachers who should not be in the classroom, but the unions were also painted with a very broad brush as "bad" in general. Those who are strong supporters of teacher;s unions will not appreciate the message of this film and with some justification. In spite of the controversy that is sure to surround it, this film will put a sharp focus on the basic issue of the need to greatly improve the education of our children across the board
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Won't Back Down

By jillerbe
Written September 30, 2012
My husband & I really enjoy this movie. it was done really well. it really showed teachers really have trouble in school with those kid. We liked it a lot.The acting & directing was great also. This movie should be seen by adults.The subject was right. The teachers are not treated right in this country.
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Moderately Entertaining...Characters Not Well Developed.

By Alon Patterson
Written July 28, 2014
OK, it's a play after all. So it's fair to suppose the talent's trying to pull off the most realistic portrayal of their characters possible. I get that. It just doesn't work here, due to miscasting and a host of other rookie mistakes. And there's some mighty good talent in this film. It's just too bad a couple were badly matched to their roles, and none were given much to work with in the way of dialog or plot development--the fault of the writers. There's no emotional investment here either for the audience or the cast. Everyone on screen seems like a talking mannequin, more or less, just going through the motions. While this isn't a terrible movie, it's just not all that good. It's worth a matinee ticket at best, or wait for the DVD or stream. You'll be glad you did.
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