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Around The Block
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 introduce the magical world of theatre as an alternative to life on the tough streets of Redfern in Sydney, Australia. The film centers on the developing relationship between Chalmers and Liam (Page-Lochard), a sixteen-year-old urban Aboriginal student who lives around the block in Redfern and earns the lead in her production of Hamlet. As Chalmers presents Liam… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

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"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."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"'Around the Block' may have its exasperating flaws, but it cannot be accused of not having its heart in the right place."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"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"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Every single development in the Wood family's plot trajectory is telegraphed, and these actors deserve to be in a less emotionally bogus drama."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"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"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Well-intended yet cliche-ridden."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, Critical Women
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