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Won't Back Down


Rated PG for thematic elements and language.

PG In Theaters 09/28/2012 , 121min.
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Viewer score based on 42 ratings
Critic score based on 33 reviews

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February 22, 2013
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
Great performances lovely film
October 14, 2012
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
October 14, 2012
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
Terrible movie.

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

A.O. Scott
The New York Times
However you take its politics, the film upholds a dreary tradition of simplifying and sentimentalizing matters of serious social concern, and dumbing down issues that call for clarity and creative thinking. Our children deserve better. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
So didactic that viewers are likely to feel less uplifted than lectured. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
This poor film is so shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair. Full Review

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