Radical

critic Reviews

, 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Offering few surprises but plenty of uplift, Radical tells a stirring fact-based story brought to life by some top-flight work from Eugenio Derbez.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Pat PaduaWashington Post
    "...hardly radical filmmaking. But like teaching, if it reaches just one struggling student or one burned-out teacher, the film argues, it could well change the world."
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    Ty BurrTy Burr's Watch List
    You’ve seen this movie before; you probably won’t mind seeing it again.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    If the script can sometimes feel a tad pro forma, the film still proves an authentically moving and involving crowd-pleaser.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Josh KupeckiAustin Chronicle
    Radical may hit all the requisite narrative arcs, but it does so with a level of nuance and examination that other films of this type either gloss over or ignore entirely.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Natalia WinkelmanNew York Times
    A sentimental drama that is based on a true story but boxes neatly into familiar packaging. The title is nearly oxymoronic: It boldly belies how close to convention the film hews.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Christopher Zalla’s truth-based drama is a rarity, a crowd-pleaser about an unorthodox 6th-grade school teacher and his students that actually earns its stand-up-and-cheer status.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    Whether in a starring role or a supporting role Eugnio Derbez is always fascinating to watch. His role as an innovative teacher in this film is one of his best.
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    Lupe Rodriguez HaasCineMovie.tv
    The heart-warming true story is inspirational and relevant, and Eugenio Derbez delivers a powerful performance.


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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    They've had two hours in this slow, formulaic and manipulative film to make their point. But as much slack as we cut them for their sweet, well-intentioned "hearts are in the right place" effort, they don't quite manage it.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Radical tells an impactful story about how inspiration can be found in unorthodox ways. Credible performances elevate this drama, which is based on real people — even when there's a familiar formula about a charismatic teacher who changes students' lives.
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