The Substitute
The Substitute (1995)

After a raid on Cuban drug runners, soldier-of-fortune Shale must become a substitute teacher for his wife after gang members forced her out of the high school. He begins his war against drugs in the Miami school and deals with gangs with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1995
DVD 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

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.

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

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

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
"You know what those damned kids in high school need nowadays, doncha? They need to be brought in line by mercenaries hired to be teachers! Tough measures… 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
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.
review soon.........
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