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Waiting for Superman [2010]


the stories of four families as they go through the steps of escaping from their sub-par public school system by entering lotteries to attend magnet, charter and private schools. The commentary tract features Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee and Bill Strickland. [1:42 - PG]



thumbs up

"Edifying and heartbreaking... This is more than an Important Documentary: it is engaging and, finally, enraging -- as captivating as any Superman movie, and as poignant as a child's plea for help."

- Richard Corliss

thumbs down

"Guggenheim's insistence on not engaging with the injustices that children of certain races and classes face outside of school makes his reiteration of the obvious -- that 'past all the noise and the debate, nothing will change without great teachers' --seem all the more willfully naïve."

- Melissa Anderson



Richard Corliss | Time
Scott Bowles | USA Today
John Anderson | Variety
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
Lisa Schwarzbaum | Entertainment Weekly
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Betsy Sharkey | Los Angeles Times
Stephen Holden | The New York Times
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times
Kyle Smith | New York Post
Carrie Rickey | Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael O'Sullivan | Washington Post
Nathan Rabin | Onion AV Club
John Defore | Hollywood Reporter
Sean O’Connell | filmcritic.com
Elizabeth Weitzman | New York Daily News
Steve Ramos | Boxoffice Magazine
Michelle Orange | Movieline
Rene Rodriguez | Miami Herald
Walter Addiego | San Francisco Chronicle
Wesley Morris | Boston Globe
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Marc Mohan | Portland Oregonian
David Denby | The New Yorker
J.R. Jones | Chicago Reader
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Peter Rainer | Christian Science Monitor
Joe Williams | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Duane Dudek | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
David Fear | Time Out New York
Melissa Anderson | Village Voice

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