Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim examines the breakdown of U.S. school systems and what can be done to fix them.
" As Guggenheim's camera gives us a close-up of the Educational Lotto, the implication is clear: Why gamble on the future of America's children? Instead of helping some kids beat the odds, how do we change the odds for all kids? "
" 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. "
" There is no question that this is compelling viewing, especially considering the largely abstract and policy-driven nature of the crisis. "
" The fact that most charters fare no better than regular public schools, or do worse, is only glancingly mentioned. "
" This movie isn't just a necessity (listen up, do-nothing politicians) - it might change your future. "
" Reform is not that hard, Guggenheim concludes. We know what makes for a good school: quality teachers. All we need is to bring in strong teachers to replace the weakest. "
" A powerful and alarming documentary about America's failing public school system. "
" The photography and editing are accomplished, and the filmmaker frequently resorts to animation and other tricks to make his subject more palatable. "
" By focusing on these five kids and their hopeful families, Waiting for Superman puts a human face on a crisis worthy of a superhero. "
" ... emotionally engaging, as hopeful and honest as it is wrenching and moving. "
" 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. "
" Waiting for 'Superman,' filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's scathing, moving critique of American public education, makes you actually want to do something after you dry your eyes. "
" Guggenheim succeeds in asking tough questions. At the end of the film, after he's made us root for these kids and worry about the state of our schools, he asks: "Did we do the right thing? Did we do enough?" "
" 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. "
" An admirable exercise in straight talk, especially in its tough assessment of the mediocrity-enforcing teachers' unions. "
" The film demonstrates (1) that quality education is possible for even the most disadvantaged students; (2) the cost is low, considering that high school dropouts often turn to crime when they can't find good jobs. "
" We need another movie, one that shows us why some charter schools work and others dont. "
" Waiting for 'Superman' won't satisfy anyone looking for a five-point plan. (It won't win many fans among teachers' unions, either.) On the other hand, if it's effective filmmaking you're after, look no further. "
" 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. "
" It's meant to infuriate you and break your heart enough that you feel compelled to do something. There's a great deal of agit with very little prop. "
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