Won't Back Down
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It mixes attempts at realism and grit with transparently Hollywoodized good guys-vs.-bad guys social melodrama. That requires a deft directorial hand, but director Daniel Barnz doesn't seem to have it."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Americans desperately need to have some difficult conversations about the state of public education, but Won't Back Down goes about the task too awkwardly to be helpful or interesting."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"While the story is predictable, it compensates for that with great acting and a noble purpose."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"As terrible as it sounds."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"All efforts to add zest to a serious subject fail."
‑ Grant Rollings, Sun Online
"Social-issue movies can have real societal impact. That's why Won't Back Down, which presses a lot of hot buttons, deserves to be taken seriously, and criticized seriously, on its own terms."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
""Won't Back Down" details a bureaucratic process, and yet it plays more like an intense, emotional movie about parents and children."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A do-gooder movie so stupid and unoriginal it had to steal its title from a Tom Petty song."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"An altogether crude, melodramatic and unhelpful picture."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A straight-talking, partisan account about the failings of a broken system and a band of women who argued for better for their children."
‑ Joe Walsh, Little White Lies
"Won't Back Down doesn't wholly make the grade."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"While the cast is filled with award winners, writer-director Daniel Barnz is a dunce who can't construct an argument without employing flimsy logic and cardboard characters."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"'Dumbing down' a film about educational reform defeats any point; while proficiently made, Won't Back Down's glib feel-good message deserves to fall on deaf ears."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"More anti-union propaganda masquerading as entertainment."
‑ , This is London
"It is well meant, undoubtedly about something that matters, and it bends over backwards not to trash the teachers' unions gratuitously, but amid the attempts at gritty reality, I found the happy-ending imperative unconvincing."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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