High-school students compete for scholarships.
" A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment. "
" An earnest crowd-pleaser that could have used an extra helping of dramatic tension -- but it succeeds by placing us in an interesting world with characters who are impossible not to root for. "
" At times, you wish the directors were more challenging of their premises; these graduating seniors are learning the value of precision, yes, but also, subtly, how to serve. Is that escape enough? "
" If the filmmakers do little to expand the vocabulary of the genre, they enhance our appreciation of that most undervalued sector of the American workforce, the city schoolteacher. "
" Pressure Cooker is both a tribute to a teacher who actually cares and kids who actually want to learn. Would that there were more people like them. "
" Pressure Cooker is not about pressure so much as clarity of purpose. It's about a unique teacher's way of building confidence and pride, with results that joyously speak for themselves. "
" Stephenson looms largest as a reminder of what the right teacher can mean to a kid looking for a way out; it takes a strong woman and a special grace to not only let her proteges go, year after year, but practically shove them out the door. "
" The movie's sense of inspiration is realistic. It never implies a future of glamour, only hard-won success. "
" Pressure Cooker 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. "
" Wilma Stephenson...definitely deserves a subtler cinematic testament than this lazily inspirational documentary. "
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