Dangerous Minds
Dangerous Minds (1995)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 11, 1995
DVD Release Date: July 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Michael Dequina

None of it rings the slightest bit true; all of it insults the intelligence.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Bradley Steinbacher

Stay home and watch Welcome Back Kotter. It's more enlightening.


So whitebread I want to call everyone involved 'Urkle'.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

What makes it work is the integrity of Pfeiffer's performance and Smith's direction, and the high spirits of the young, racially diverse supporting cast.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Pfieffer is absurdly miscast: Sly Stallone would make a more plausible Mr. Chips than the frail, squeaky actress does a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Horrible. A waste. How was this ever a hit?

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It may seem like just another of those countless inspirational movies about a teacher who "saves the lives" of a group of rebellious students (and it… More
Wildaly M
Stereotypical, predictable and unrealistic.
Red Lats
Stories about teachers winning over a tough audience are always uplifting - shades of 'To Sir with Love'. This movie has all the normal ingredients -… More
Jason Owens
Been spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise.
Film Crazy
I like movies like these, although its not as good as films like freedom writers, it is an entertaining enough movie. Its not the most inspirational drama that… More
Lenny Muggsy
Michelle Pfeiffer looking hot in the ghetto trying to teach knowledge.