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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Succeeds by placing us in an interesting world with characters who are impossible not to root for. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The culinary setting gives this familiar formula an appetizing twist. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    That rare commodity: a film with only good things to say about public schools. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie's sense of inspiration is realistic. It never implies a future of glamour, only hard-won success. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    We witness many of Stephenson's inspirational moments during class, but miles more exist behind her students' skills and execution. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    The intersection of food and identity is briefly explored, and the prep/exam sequences have a tension and charm that keeps the film moving toward its literally rewarding climax. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Stephenson's a true original, worthy of her own reality TV show. As Pressure Cooker proves: Anything is possible. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Pressure Cooker belongs to the honorable if overpopulated genre of inspirational films (both documentaries and features) dedicated to the proposition that one committed, passionate teacher can make all the difference in the lives of disadvantaged students. show more

  • 70
    Washington Post

    Pressure Cooker may not get the royal, Conde Nast-magazine hype accorded that upcoming Julia Child movie (starring, who else, Meryl Streep), but it merits a place of honor at the table. show more

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