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Won't Back Down

Overview


Genre :

Drama

Release Date :

September 28, 2012

MPAA Rating :

PG

Director :

Daniel Barnz

Starring :

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Holly Hunter, Ving Rhames, Rosie Perez, Lance Reddick, Emily Alyn Lind, Teri Clark

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Review rate : C-

“..like a scrambled-egg mix of "Erin Brockovitch" and "Dangerous Minds," with the worst bits of both: It may be enthusiastic, but it sure is unfocused..”
by Stephanie Zacharek [Film.com]
2 of 5

“..it's rich territory for human drama; unfortunately, the film is more interested in slapping a charter-school Band-Aid on the gushing wound than exploring dramatic possibilities..”
by Barbara VanDenburgh [Arizona Republic]
Reviewed by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
Reviewed by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]
Reviewed by Ella Taylor [NPR]
Reviewed by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]
Reviewed by Peter Debruge [Variety]

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“..yet there is a touching sincerity to the entire enterprise, its lumpiness coming from a desire not to make things up, and if you can put away your cynicism, which I clearly am struggling with, the acting might win you over too..”
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“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
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