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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    In general, the humor is understated, excessively so. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    If Chalk had been made by Christopher Guest - an obvious influence - it would get the attention it deserves. Packed with sly jokes, hilarious performances and sad truths, the movie will probably become a cult classic among educators. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    More a series of loose-limbed vignettes than a sculpted narrative, Chalk lacks a compelling dramatic drive. But the cast creates a fine, improvisatory interplay, captured with verite-style camerawork, and the unforced humor and insights go a long way. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The indie film is funny and, at times, heartbreaking. Wisely, it avoids the happy ending that Hollywood would have insisted upon. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The movie opens with the dismal statistic that most teachers quit after three years. Akel and Mass see the humor in the situation, but the laughs are small and sad. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The results are about what you'd expect: friendly, unfocused, occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    The problem with the movie is that all this improvisational verisimilitude never finds its way into fully developed stories. show more

  • 100
    Eric Campos Film Threat

    Chalk is loaded with life, energy, truth and respect. It may just make you yearn for your high schooling days. Okay, maybe not, but Chalk will have you laughing long after the movie has ended. How's that for homework? show more

  • 67
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    Made by teachers for teachers, this local indie – which now sports the imprimatur of executive producer Morgan Spurlock – offers no easy answers to its statistic that 50% of teachers quit within their first three years on the job. show more

  • 75
    M. E. Russell Portland Oregonian

    The movie has "heart" in a way that doesn't feel cloying or dishonest. And the cast -- especially Janelle Schremmer -- just nails it. show more

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