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The Great Debaters

Rated PG-13 for depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and for language and brief sexuality.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/25/2007 , 127min.
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93%
Viewer score based on 33 ratings
65%
Critic score based on 32 reviews

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April 19, 2010
Dguefen
I found this today and watched it on TV. Thank God, and the many, that the time has come, that such an appealing, sensitive, moving and realistic piece of art has been produced and released. See it. You won't regret it. Dana Guefen
August 14, 2009
Sydroc97
was a good movie
May 22, 2008
axekick1201
i THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE MOVIE, "THE REAT DEBATORS' IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, I WILL WILL BE CELEBRATING MY GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY FROM BENNETT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, LOCATED IN GREENBORO, NORTH CAROLINA.MY ENGLISH PROFESSOR, DR. HOBART JARRETT, WAS A GRADUATE OF WILEY COLLEGE AND TAUGHT ENGLISH DURING MY YEARS AT BENNETT (1954-58). I AM TOLD THAT HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE DEBATE TEAM AT WILEY COLLEGE. I PLAN
May 22, 2008
thewig26
"The Power of Spoken Words" Excellent movie! Denzel and Forest Whitaker were superb.This film also gets five stars. As an NYS Title One Reading educator the power of education and word came to life a brillant story.Wow! extremely well done depiction of a very hateful period of segregation and total racism in our country.A great movie to show in school for black history week in February . Surely
May 22, 2008
amhicks
Wish that the critics had not given this very inspiring film such mediocre ratings...more people need to see this movie...extremely well done depiction of a very shameful peiod of segregation and total racism in our country.It has my vote for BEST film of the year, especially over most of what has been nominated for an oscar.amh

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

Claudia Puig
USA Today
An enjoyable, rousing film, despite its formulaic quality. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Ultimately an uplifting movie because it is about triumph. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Washington is splendid, as always. So is Forest Whitaker as James Farmer, Sr. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Too bad the story is all over the place. One second, it focuses on a love triangle between students; the next, it's about Washington's efforts to unionize the local farmers. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Because it is so old-school Hollywood, with a weakness for standard moments and pat situations, The Great Debaters initially comes off as easily dismissible. Largely saving it from that fate is the presence and ability of Denzel Washington, who costars with Forest Whitaker and directs from Robert Eisele's script. Full Review

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