Around The Block
Around The Block (2014)

Around the Block is the story of American Dino Chalmers (Ricci) - an edgy and charismatic drama teacher with a passion for Shakespeare. When the opportunity arises for her to work at a school in inner Sydney, she embraces the chance to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 5, 2014
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times

The film's musty premise, about a novice instructor trying to deter an Aboriginal student from crime with Shakespeare, renders it the cinematic equivalent of warmed-over soup from the school cafeteria.

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John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

'Around the Block' may have its exasperating flaws, but it cannot be accused of not having its heart in the right place.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

There are no false notes here, and there is no whitewash, either (if you'll pardon the expression); it's a good story well told and beautifully performed, supported by a contempo soundtrack and seamless design. Australian cinema at its be

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

Every single development in the Wood family's plot trajectory is telegraphed, and these actors deserve to be in a less emotionally bogus drama.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

All the cast is excellent with special mention to Matt Nable, whose minimalist performance as Liam's criminal father is outstanding, providing the film's emotional highlight

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Joe Leydon
Variety

Well-intended yet cliche-ridden.

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Prairie Miller
Critical Women

Hamlet In The Hood. Petite Christina Ricci displays a big heart, as a teacher in touch with her inner maternal instinct. And disaffected Aboriginee teens dramatizing in a culturally conscious production, the alienation at the heart of Hamlet, who knew.

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