...has all the right ingredients...
—V. A. Musetto New York Post
—Michelle Orange Village Voice
...the camera never once flinches before the (comparatively) bourgeois backgrounds of some students who are competing for the same academic opportunities as those who impecuniously inhabit one-bedroom apartments.
—Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine
...belongs to the honorable genre of inspirational films dedicated to the proposition that one passionate teacher can make a difference in the lives of students.
—Stephen Holden New York Times