Pressure Cooker
Pressure Cooker (2009)

Fighting to overcome the challenges of broken homes, abusive pasts, and financial burdens, three inner-city seniors at Philadelphia's Frankford High School find an unlikely champion in the kitchen of Wilma Stephenson. A legend in the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The movie's sense of inspiration is realistic. It never implies a future of glamour, only hard-won success.

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Jan Stuart
Washington Post

If the filmmakers do little to expand the vocabulary of the genre, they enhance our appreciation of that most undervalued sector of the American workforce, the city schoolteacher.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Inspiring cooking-themed docu is great for teens.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

An earnest crowd-pleaser that could have used an extra helping of dramatic tension -- but it succeeds by placing us in an interesting world with characters who are impossible not to root for.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Pressure Cooker is not about pressure so much as clarity of purpose. It's about a unique teacher's way of building confidence and pride, with results that joyously speak for themselves.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

By the end, you won't need to slice onions to get the tear ducts working.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

Wilma Stephenson...definitely deserves a subtler cinematic testament than this lazily inspirational documentary.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

I grew a deep hunger while watching Pressure Cooker, not just from the students' mouthwatering dishes, but from the fact that teacher/chef Wilma Stephenson could uniformly inspire such success.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Sunil Jawahir
Has this one in my Netflix queue for ages. Basically Spellbound for high school culinary students.

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