Waiting for Superman
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Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with the highest of hopes. But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools where they have virtually no chance of learning--failure factories likelier to produce drop-outs than college graduates. And despite decades of well-intended reforms and huge sums of money spent on the problem, our public schools haven't improved markedly since the 1970s. Why? There is an answer. And it's not what you think. From "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Davis easily ties a sick education system to a sick society. But when it comes down to it, in the end he has no clear cure for what ails us. At the very least, though, he has exposed the disease for all to see."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"By focusing on these five kids and their hopeful families, Waiting for Superman puts a human face on a crisis worthy of a superhero."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"More overwhelming than uplifting, and you can't help but feel this is a rich outsider looking in, and down on, public schools."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Like all topical documentaries with a worthy approach, it encourages awareness and debate about yet another inconvenient truth."
‑ Dan Gear, Moviedex
"The superhero metaphor enables some synergistic retro TV series footage but it doesn't quite suit the argument."
‑ Fiona Williams, sbs.com.au
"Your heart goes out to all these kids, but Guggenheim's take on education stacks the deck against them even further by implying that only charters offer a ray of hope. Would that it were that simple."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"We need another movie, one that shows us why some charter schools work and others dont."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Intelligent and thought-provoking, this documentary may not be one of the best movies of the year but it's surely one of the most important ones."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"It's still a vital topic for discussion and worth seeing if only because it organizes a few focal points for ongoing public debate."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"I'm sure some will disagree with the points that Davis Guggenheim is making. That's to be expected but it will help generate a badly needed debate on this subject matter."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"An admirable exercise in straight talk, especially in its tough assessment of the mediocrity-enforcing teachers' unions."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"You leave the film convinced that radical change is necessary but uncomfortable with the closing voice-over that assures you how simple it will be to implement it."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Waiting For Superman is at times powerful, often tragic and -- at the very end -- incredibly moving."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"It's possible that one of the reasons why the film wasn't nominated for a best-documentary Oscar was because it was too horrifying."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"I wish Guggenheim had - as he did in The First Year - stepped back, followed these families, and let their stories speak for themselves...Still ... the raw materials are there, and it would take a heart of stone to not sympathise with the subjects."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
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