To Sir, With Love
To Sir, With Love (1967)

A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 14, 1967
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it's a bit dated and overly schmaltzy, To Sir, With Love remains compelling because of Sidney Poitier's outstanding performance -- and the catchy theme song is a classic.

TIME Magazine

Even the weak moments are saved by Poitier, who invests his role with a subtle warmth.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A cozy, good-humored and unbelievable little tale.

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Jess Lomas

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.

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Variety Staff

Sidney Poitier stars in an excellent performance.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Well-meaning tripe.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Incessant Cockney street market vignettes and shots of London buses seem to suggest that it was all primarily intended for American consumption anyway.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It beat Dead Poets Society to the punch by over two decades.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
It's interesting to see this movie after having seen Blackboard Jungle where Poitier plays the student, and now in this movie he's the teacher. The… More
Red Lats
I loved this movie when I saw it almost 40 years ago. Not too many movies you can remember for 40 years.
Devon Bott
Sidney Poitier can go over the top (in the grand tradition of live theater, see "A Raisin in the Sun") or he can give a subtle delivery, as he does… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A wonderful movie. Each scene sparkles. You really see the teens going from unruly punks to responsible adults by the end. The Lulu theme song is awesome.
Lanning : )
Although the music may seem a bit dated, <i>To Sir, with Love</i> is not. A timeless tale about coming of age, and one of the best in the "How… More
Dean McKenna
Sidney Poitier does his finest performance as an out of work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End.