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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The documentary shows the stranglehold that the teachers union has on politicians, particularly Democratic politicians. The arrogance and ignorance of some of these politicians is galling. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Every parent in New York should see this movie and then ask why, when solutions exist, our woefully broken school system has yet to be fixed. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    With fierce arguments, often drawn on partisan lines, raging across the country, The Lottery will be of vital interest to anyone interested in the topic, especially the parents of young children. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The film has no ready answers, although it becomes abundantly clear that both those for and against charter schools are more concerned with covering their own asses than with helping students get a quality education. show more

  • 60
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Director Madeleine Sackler favors an agenda of advocacy over complexity, making The Lottery an effective, if unapologetically one-sided, piece of agitprop. show more

  • 80
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    As Madeleine Sackler's absorbing, often tender documentary The Lottery shows, when it comes to the world of charter education, no seemingly good deed may go unpunished -- or at least undercut. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Ignoring critical issues like financial transparency, Ms. Sackler sells her viewpoint with four admirable, striving families, each of whose tots could charm the fleas off a junkyard dog. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    An electrifying community meeting finds Harlem Success president Eva Moskowitz both vilified and heralded as "our Obama" by local parents, as the unions depend on such poorly understood class and neighborhood tensions to maintain the status quo. show more

  • 30
    Variety

    Advocacy to the point of propaganda. show more

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