Based on 29 Critics
  • Leave it to Hilary Swank. Even when her film's pace lags behind its cliches, she sparks this true story, about a California teacher who sparks her students, with the passion the subject demands. show more

  • The film is both too short and too long at two hours-plus. Not enough time is spent with the teens and far too much with their teacher. show more

  • Hilary Swank gives a powerhouse performance as a maverick high school teacher in Freedom Writers, an often gripping and sometimes even inspiring film drama taken from the real-life story of Erin Gruwell. show more

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