Inspiring, but...

By EdManNW
Written December 06, 2016
I'm an elementary school teacher in WA state. Saw "Won't Back Down" this past weekend; thought it was a good movie overall, including being inspiring, but I had a few problems with it. For example, it came across as too anti-union and anti-school administration. I thought it was great how Viola Davis' character turned around her attitude and effort towards her job, and was very realistic as a somewhat-burned out teacher who got re-inspired. While I'm not familiar with educational laws in Pennsylvania, the main premise of the movie isn't possible in most states. But overall, it had good acting and an inspiring storyline, and I'm glad I saw it.
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Won't Back Down

By rareatthetheatre
Written April 26, 2017
Awesome, edge of your seat, emotional. Everyone in the theatre was interacting with the the movie. Cheers and applause because it pulled you in to the story. Very well done! The characters really portrayed well what goes on today in my opinion. Great acting! And for all you nay sayers and controversialists! When my disabled young friend heard that the movie was becoming controversial, he said,"What's wrong with just trying to do the right thing? Why do people have to go and ruin a good thing?" Well said my friend!
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Great message

By Trian
Written February 22, 2017
This movie had a great message, but it came off as a little cheesy. It did make me cry a couple times though. It had very powerful emotional scenes. Good movie to catch if you've seen the others you wanted to see already.
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Great movie

By michellemwright
Written August 24, 2016
Excellent for any parent to watch. Makes light of the issues with our education system, particularly in inner cities. Shows what perseverance can accomplish.
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Great performances but needed more emotional impact from the story

By HoodCritic1
Written August 27, 2016
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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