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Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Se­lected ex­cerpts from re­views of Grossly over­sim­pli­fy­ing the is­sue at hand, writer-di­rec­tor Daniel Barnz’s disin­gen­u­ous pot-stir­rer plays to au­di­ences’ emo­tions rather than their in­tel­li­gence. The hot-but­ton is­sue of pub­lic school re­form gets un­sub­tle treat­ment in this pedes­trian and in­sult­ingly ten­den­tious drama. It’s ter­ri­ble when schools fail our chil­dren. But it’s not so great when movies fail their ac­tors, ei­ther. A pro­pa­ganda piece with blame on its mind. In­ept and bizarre... a set of rightwing anti-union talk­ing points dis­guised (with very lim­ited suc­cess) as a main­stream mo­tion-pic­ture­type prod­uct.

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