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The First Grader

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing violent content and brief nudity..

PG-13 In Theaters 05/13/2011 , 103min.
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Critic score based on 21 reviews

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July 02, 2012
My husband love this movie, he cries a lot. Inspirational movie we recomend it.
June 23, 2011
I LOVED this movie! It was so refreshing and heart warming. I love true stories and it kept me \"in the movie\" the whole time...not predictable as some critics say. I ******* had better marketing! Every educator in America should care so much!
June 03, 2011
Awesome! I am a 30 year plus educator and this movie brought me to tears.
May 29, 2011
HUMAN DRAMA....I WILL SEE IT AGAIN WITH ANOTHER COMPANION. We like it. It is honest, yet compelling, delightful, and loving. It's about kids in their little lives and adults in their big messes: politicians, invaders and colonialists, and Kenya, Africa...and their struggle to leave their \"tribal ethnicities\" for African-Kenya Nationalism for the global frontier. It's about all of

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The Hollywood Reporter
Chadwick strikes a perfect balance between humor and tragic gravity, and the result is that an unknown story seems certain to stir the hearts of audiences worldwide. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
This ambition - to provoke thought while tugging at heartstrings - makes The First Grader fascinating and frustrating in almost equal measure. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
For all of its brutal flashbacks and heavy-handed devices, The First Grader works best when it works quietly. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Anchored by a lovely performance from Oliver Litondo as Maruge and an exuberant Naomie Harris as Jane Obinchu, the school principal who champions his cause, the result is a tearful, joyful, imperfect, yet nearly irresistible ode to the human spirit. Full Review
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
A lot of history gets horned into this undeniably inspirational parable, though slick execution and simplistic storytelling make it a lesson suitable only for easily impressed elementary-school students. Full Review

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