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Based on 34 Reviews
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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

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    I am neither anti-charter schools nor anti-union. I am, however, firmly against heavy-handed lectures disguised as art. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The movie addresses timely issues but eschews shading in favor of blunt black and white. It's old-school Lifetime fodder dressed up in Hollywood trappings. show more

  • 30
    Ella Taylor NPR

    For all its strenuous feints at fair play, though, Won't Back Down is something less honorable - a propaganda piece with blame on its mind. show more

  • 40

    The film is all for teaching as a calling. What it doesn't do is offer it the dignity of also being a job. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    I haven't seen a timelier or more important film this year, and the film's passion for school choice could hardly be more warranted. Along with documentaries such as "The Lottery" and "Waiting for 'Superman,' " the film comes with a background sound of the ice of inertia cracking. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    It's a film that deserves to be seen, savored, debated and given serious attention. show more

  • 63
    R. Kurt Osenlund Slant Magazine

    One of its strengths is a knowledge of when to unfurl information, particularly for the strongest emotional effect. 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.

  • October 14, 2012 poetricia
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    It is a timely movie, definitely relevant to Indianapolis which has had the state take over 4 schools, a mistake. Great acting. There are problems for public schools and this took a good look at them, a movie to lead to discussion. Patricia Wood

  • October 09, 2012 mma718
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    Terrible movie.

  • October 06, 2012 bjeremiah3227
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    I haven\'t seen this movie yet, but, from the \'snips\' and as a former special education teacher with thirty-one years of experience. I can honestly say, \&******** about time\" that someone takes a good hard look at education today.

  • October 05, 2012 uspatriot2k2
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    Great movie. Very inspiring. It was worth watching. Love movies that take a stand.

  • September 30, 2012 le24roy
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    Not realistic if inspired by actual events. Dissappointed at Ms Davis\' portrayal. Young girl good, though. Didn\'t cover the inner city politics very thoroughly!!!!

  • September 30, 2012 dotnrog
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    Loved it! Can\'t understand why it got 1 1/2 stars in Chicago Tribune. Must be politics!! Great story and acting. Very heartwarming. Stars to dedicated teachers!!

  • September 30, 2012 pmhigbee
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    Very entertaining. Good acting. Provacative story about troubled inner city schools and frustrated parents. Definely worth seeing.


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