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A dedicated educator loses his passion for teaching as he struggles to survive in this tense urban drama. Trevor Garfield (Samuel L. Jackson) is a science teacher trying to make a difference in a tough Brooklyn high school, but he faces an uphill battle against students more interested in gang battles than education and an administration that won't back him up. When Garfield is nearly killed by one of his students, he takes a 15-month sabbatical from education and moves to California, where he takes a position as a substitute teacher. Garfield is startled to discover that things are even… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A combined psychological and vigilante drama."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Awful urban angst piece. One of Jackson's worst roles."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"The film asks all the right questions, but with its Billy Jack approach it rings false even when making some sense."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A compelling, sobering drama about a well-intentioned high-school teacher driven over the edge by criminal student predators. Jackson gives a commanding, very empathetic performance."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"What makes the film work, perhaps better than it has any right to be, is Jackson."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"As a social-problem picture, 187 is a great music-video."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"Excellent drama about what tough schools are really like. Doesn't glamorize students or teachers. Powerful."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"If you're looking for another Stand and Deliver, watch something else."
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
"Samuel L. Jackson gets a B+ for his solid, towering performance but the film itself should've been held back."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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