Dangerous Minds
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In this drama, a school teacher discovers that it takes more than the ABCs to get through to a class of "uneducatable" kids. When Lou Anne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer), a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps with a degree in education, begins a new job at an inner-city school in California, the principal (George Dzundza) warns her that her class will be the "rejects from Hell" -- kids with severe social problems and no interest in education. While at first her African-American and Latino students scoff at Lou Anne, she ultimately gets them to open up to learning and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Pfeiffer has a lot of good moments as Johnson."
‑ Tom Keogh, Film.com
"So whitebread I want to call everyone involved 'Urkle'."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"Platitudes, cliches, stereotypes, and ... oh yeah, a soundtrack!"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"There's not enough backstory for or insight into any of the characters, which keeps them at an emotional distance."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"The tale screenwriter Ronald Bass came up with, and the way director John N. Smith tells it, is stereotypical, predictable and simplified to the point of meaninglessness."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The movie has real emotional and reportorial credibility, a prime source of its power."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Horrible. A waste. How was this ever a hit?"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Never illuminates the true spirit of learning, instead the movie opts for bribing students to read pretentious Bob Dylan lyrics."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"Anchored by Michelle Pfeiffer's sterling central performance, Dangerous Minds is a strong addition to the genre."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The movie pretends to show poor black kids being bribed into literacy by Dylan and candy bars, but actually it is the crossover white audience that is being bribed with mind-candy in the form of safe words by the two Dylans."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"None of it rings the slightest bit true; all of it insults the intelligence."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Inspiring portrait of an inner city teacher who discovers that making students feel good about themselves brings learning alive in the classroom."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Hackneyed, obvious and Lite, complete with happy ending."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"A no-frills, single-minded drama driven by Pfeiffer's totally committed performance."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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