The Lottery
The Lottery (2010)

"The Lottery" is a feature length documentary that explores the struggles and dreams of four families from Harlem and The Bronx in the months leading up to the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful charter… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 31, 2010
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

You look at all these beautiful kids, with all the potential in the world, and every expectation for a great life, and you know that at most one-sixth of them will come out of the room with a fighting chance. That shouldn't be.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Charter schools, good or bad? That's the question raised by director Madeleine Sackler's timely but standard documentary The Lottery.

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Louis Proyect

Although the movie has an extremely retrograde viewpoint, it is a must-see for those trying to understand the hype around charter schools.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The film takes an effective, two-pronged approach to tell its enlightening tale.

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John Anderson

Advocacy to the point of propaganda.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An intriguing if uneven documentary...

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Though infinitely classier -- and easier on the eyes -- than Cartel, the recent documentary exploring public education, this latest charter-school commercial is no less one-sided.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

Director Madeleine Sackler favors an agenda of advocacy over complexity, making The Lottery an effective, if unapologetically one-sided, piece of agitprop.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

The Lottery insufficiently dares a more probing documentary approach in addressing the crises surrounding inner-city education.

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