Waiting for Superman
Waiting for Superman (2010)

Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with the highest of hopes. But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools where they have virtually no… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gripping, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Waiting for Superman is an impassioned indictment of the American school system from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Davis easily ties a sick education system to a sick society. But when it comes down to it, in the end he has no clear cure for what ails us. At the very least, though, he has exposed the disease for all to see.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

By focusing on these five kids and their hopeful families, Waiting for Superman puts a human face on a crisis worthy of a superhero.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

Don't miss this one, even if it seems a bit long at two hours. It's classy and artfully produced.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Your heart goes out to all these kids, but Guggenheim's take on education stacks the deck against them even further by implying that only charters offer a ray of hope. Would that it were that simple.

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David Denby
New Yorker

We need another movie, one that shows us why some charter schools work and others dont.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Overlooks some larger issues regarding systemic poverty and social inequities, while the tricky matter of private funding is elided altogether.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

An admirable exercise in straight talk, especially in its tough assessment of the mediocrity-enforcing teachers' unions.

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Dana Stevens

You leave the film convinced that radical change is necessary but uncomfortable with the closing voice-over that assures you how simple it will be to implement it.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

More overwhelming than uplifting, and you can't help but feel this is a rich outsider looking in, and down on, public schools.

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This documentary deals with the vast and crumbling educational system of the United States, and the roadblocks that keep children from gaining a thorough and… More
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An accurate but state "State of Our Schools" movie. Solutions are there, but it takes effort to achieve. It is good someone is saying it, just is… More
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I want to take a moment and talk about a particular class that this film reminded me of. Tenth grade Math. Now, I have never been that big of a fan of math.… More
Jameson Worley
As a student of a public high school, I found this documentary very interesting. Whether you be a student or a parent, check this film out.
Dan Schultz
A passionate though flawed documentary which has its heart in the right place about the failing school system in America, just not the balanced data and… More
Manu Gino
The fate of our country won't be decided on a battlefield, it will be determined in a classroom. This is possibly one of the most powerful, important and… More