Reviews: Won't Back Down (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: In the end, “Won’t Back Down” is a button-pushing woulda-coulda-shoulda film. Attacking grade school teachers trying to make a living for your failure to prepare your own child for school and to keep the learning process going at home is, frankly, part of the bigger problem.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …the film is grounded by Viola Davis’s sad, worn turn as a mother bearing a guilt we do not guess trying to remain dedicated to her profession in a school where few care anymore.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The discussion of school reform is a worthy and necessary one, but the movie and its reductive, indefinite case are not offering much of value to it.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Preachy yet persuasive, appealing to desperate, often outraged parents who are deeply concerned about the obvious failure of the American public school system.
  • Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Why do message movies get a bad rap?
  • [New – 1/25] | Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Education is an extremely important issue in America, and there is certainly a dialogue to be had about the causes and solutions for the problem. Unfortunately, Won’t Back Down isn’t it.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: It’s hard not to think of Mike Myers in “Wayne’s World” blubbering out, “I never learned to read!” as the words “Oscar Scene” flash on the screen.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
    • Excerpt: What should have been a rousing, feel-good, “inspired by a true story” film about a mother and a teacher who take on the teacher’s union and the school board to turn around a failing elementary school benefits from strong performances but suffers from a palpably skewed point of view.
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Won’t Back Down is an inspirational film from the point of view of a parent. From the point of view of a teacher, and depending on your personal opinions towards teacher unions and/or charter schools, this film may leave you outraged.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion

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