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PG| 2 hr. 1 min.

Plot Summary
Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) are two women from opposites sides of the social and economic track, but they have one thing in common: a mission to fix their community's broken school and ensure a bright future for their children. The two women refuse to let any obstacles stand in their way as they battle a bureaucracy that's hopelessly mired in traditional thinking, and they seek to re-energize a faculty that has lost its passion for teaching.

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal , Viola Davis , Holly Hunter , Oscar Isaac , Rosie Perez , Ving Rhames , Lance Reddick , Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Director: Daniel Barnz

Genres: Drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Won't Back Down (2012)

Release Date: September 28th, 2012|2 hr. 1 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 20 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    For sure, this is a cause movie - sometimes it even feels that way - in favor of charter schools and against the teachers unions. Still, Won't Back Down is reasonably fair in its approach. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While there are moments where this drama, about a pair of mothers hellbent on improving their children's education, is compelling and deeply moving, the film gets mired in heavy-handed cliches. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Barnz tries, at least a bit, to acknowledge the heroic and historic legacy of the union movement and its rightful place in the contemporary labor landscape. But much of the blame for the sorry state of Adams Elementary, and the school system at large, is placed at the union's feet. show more

  • February 22, 2013 su00000000138504
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    great performances, inspiring-make you want to start trying to do something about our current public schools. and again, the critics don\'t like what the people do. deserved academy awards!

  • February 03, 2013 Raymond
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    Great performances lovely film

  • October 14, 2012 sb00000000130457
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    This was a great movie and speaks well to the issues facing education in America. The bad reviews are from (1) union hacks, (2) teachers (particularly those that aren\'t good enough to compete in a real school), and (3) parents who (a) feel guilty because they are too lazy to actually get off their butts to help educate their kids or (b) parents who\'ve been scared by the union trash talk. Wake up, parents. The kids are YOUR responsibility.

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