The Substitute
The Substitute (1995)

A courageous mercenary masquerades as a substitute teacher in an inner-city Miami high school to make the halls drug-free and safe in this blood-splattered, shoot-em-up actioner that could just as well be titled To Rambo with Love. Tom… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

There's a sense of shrewd observation throughout The Substitute that makes it come alive and seem quite a few cuts above such usual genre fare.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The title changes, the actors change, and the superficial details of the story change, but it is always about exactly the same thing: heavily armed men shooting at one another.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Worth the time for its occasional nuggets of interesting action, and the performance by Berenger.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Aside from a lot of only moderately-satisfying violence, The Substitute comes across as rather lame.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The entire setup is too garish to be credible.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

What begins as watchable quickly degenerates into a no-brain action flick that produces a ton of derisive laughter.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Those who appreciate the irony of a killing machine turned loose on a pack of nasty students will find The Substitute a source of nonstop delight.

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John Hartl
Film.com

There's a certain amount of camp value to this over-the-top thriller, which might as well be called Rambo Goes to High School.

Fred Topel
About.com

Really fun movie. Twist on the "Dangerous Minds" scenario.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Coming along some five years after the similar themed 'Toy Soldiers', two films about schools under fire from criminals. I guess that's about as… More
Wahida K
Unlike many Tom Berenger Movies, this was one typical Tom Berenger Movie I thought. Unlike the Original one, this piece of Remake was very well done.
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Al S
A tense, smart and powerful action-packed thriller. It gets an A+. A classic. a unique, compelling and very excing film with lots of great action, interesting… More
Jason Spencer
A cross between two different types of movies. The inspirational teacher / student movie and an action movie. I liked it but there wasn't anything about… More
Lenny Muggsy
A reworking of "Dangerous Minds", which was a reworking of "Stand and Deliver". DM and SAD were in west coast environments. This film… More