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To Sir, With Love
Sidney Poitier, who in 1955 played a student in a tough inner-city high school, portrays a teacher assigned to a similar institution in To Sir, With Love. Unable to find work as an engineer, Poitier accepts a teaching post in London's East End slums. To reach his sullen, rebellious students, Poitier throws away his textbooks and endeavors to reach them as human beings--and as the adults they're going to become. It's an uphill climb, but gradually the students are won over. They begin referring to Poitier as "Sir," not out of blind obedience but as a gesture of genuine… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even the weak moments are saved by Poitier, who invests his role with a subtle warmth."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A cozy, good-humored and unbelievable little tale."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Generally effective comedy drama with standout performances."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Poitier is good, but the film is memorable mostly for the song."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Sidney Poitier stars in an excellent performance."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Well-meaning tripe."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One factor in the picture's popularity and its sustaining charm is the tuneful title song, which was a top hit for Lulu and is heard throughout the film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film has gone in and out of fashion, but it's old enough now to return to it with a clear eye, and see the strength beneath the kooky sentimentality."
‑ , Film4
"The charisma of Poitier and the energetic performances of a groovy-looking cast of high school hellcats (some of whom look like they've repeated year 12 at least 5 times) compensate for the shortcomings."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Incessant Cockney street market vignettes and shots of London buses seem to suggest that it was all primarily intended for American consumption anyway."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Sentimental reflections on an inspirational teacher are often the makings of weak dishwater films, but in James Clavell's To Sir, with Love, a strong cast and an unforgettable title song make this an undeniable classic."
‑ Jess Lomas, Quickflix
"Sidney Poitier is a beleaguered English teacher in this multi-cultural Mr. Chips"
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Good performances elevate the material."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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