Freedom Writers
Freedom Writers (2007)

A dedicated California teacher finds a way to unify her disadvantaged, racially divided students and to improve their grasp of academics, partly by having them keep journals about their violent, troubled lives.

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Freedom Writers is a frank, formulaic entry in the inspirational inner-city teacher genre, with an energetic Hilary Swank leading the appealing cast of unknowns.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Engaging but clichéd inspirational drama set during the time of the 1992 race riots in Los Angeles. On some level, just about any movie featuring never-say-die teachers is effective.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Corny? You bet. And worse when the plot veers into the glitz of a Dangerous Minds and the sappiness of a TV After School Special. But the movie, which Swank helped produce by using her clout as a two-time Oscar winner, gets to you.

Emanuel Levy

The movie benefits from an interesting subject and good acting, I just wish it were more focused and deep.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Square, sincere, and proud of it.

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Tom Charity

Freedom Writers is another exceptional teacher scenario not so different from the norm.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A richly rewarding film experience that rises to the top of its genre.

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Rob Nelson
Village Voice

Our eager-beaver heroine suffers the kids' sarcasm, fails to earn their respect by bringing in a Tupac tape, then wins them over in a crucial scene that, fact-based or not, rings as false as anything in Dangerous Minds.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Thanks to LaGravenese's empathetic writing and direction, and Swank's titanic force of will, Freedom Writers' unabashed earnestness proves unexpectedly powerful.

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Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

While it is, like its genre brethren, inspiring and uplifting, Freedom Writers glosses over so much material that it makes the process look too easy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
i love this movie, one of my favourite movies really compelling and interested and a really heartwarming movie that doesnt disappoint! i love the storyline as… More
Bethany Murphy
Inspirational... A must see!
Wildaly M
I think the book is better.
Kyle Fowler
It's brutally honest, insightful, and boasts great cinamatography, but beneath the surface of 'Freedom Writers' there's a battle between a… More
Raymond Wieser
Yes it's corny, yes it's predictable, and yes these characters are as generic as ever, but that doesn't stop Freedom Writers from being extremely… More
Spencer S.
Worth seeing Swank. She kills in every other role, and this is no exception.