By Napaguy
Written October 06, 2012
Wonderful story idea and terrible, boring, lifeless followthrough. This movie drags on and on and is a perfect example of the previews being the ONLY good scenes in the movie. DO NOT waste your money even when it is out on Pay Per View.
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Moderately Entertaining...Characters Not Well Developed.

By Alon Patterson
Written September 30, 2012
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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Powerful message

By andersjj
Written October 03, 2012
Defending the children and overcomming the obstacles that confront students and teachers. The children don't have a voice to fight the system....think about it....Great acting and message. who has the guts to fight for the children? The children are the ones who should go on strike, not the unions....
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A movie that deserves to be seen. Two thumbs up!

By kramwizzy680
Written September 30, 2012
This was a very-well conceived movie about the challenges parents and teachers face when attempting to take over a school with a failing track record. The actors were perfect for their roles, and in more than one instance, there were scenes that brought tears to my eyes. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis were the perfect pair, leading the charge for school reform.
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Won't back down -

By senior fan
Written October 02, 2012
From the previews I could not wait to see this film, as a former teacher myself with relatives and friends still teaching. Then I read some of the critics responses, especially from the Teachers Union who felt they were mis represented and I began to wonder if this was just more "union" bashing. But I went anyway and I'm glad I did. Yes, it's an over the top message film..but anyone knows we have many broken schools, drop out rates are high and on and on. We know that. Everyone from Parents to kids to administrators to teachers to government to school boards share in the blame. So I think the Unions criticism is unfair and that's the problem. We all think the other guy is to blame. But the film, if you go, might give you a sliver of hope if it means leaving with a since of empowerment. The question they leave you with is...will you be part of the solution or the problem. Go
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