Wall Street Journal - 09/23/2010
"[This is] a fateful moment when the future of public education is being debated with unprecedented intensity. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN makes an invaluable addition to the debate."
A.V. Club - 09/23/2010
"Guggenheim examines the root causes of this public-school meltdown and offers suggestions for breaking the gridlock afflicting our educational system..."
Box Office - 09/24/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Guggenheim] tackles large-scale sociopolitical subjects and still manages to present a story in an intimate and humanistic way."
Los Angeles Times -
"Much of the film is told compellingly and heartbreakingly through the wide-eyed innocence of five children."
USA Today - 09/24/2010 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] masterful picture, which vaults itself among the year's best films."
New York Times - 09/24/2010
"[A] powerful and alarming documentary about America's failing public school system..."
Movieline - 09/23/2010
"It's a giant issue, and Guggenheim has taken a running, open-armed jump right into the thick of it."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/29/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Guggenheim] contends the American educational system is failing....He dramatizes this failure in a painfully direct way, says what is wrong, says what is right."
Rolling Stone - 09/24/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n electrifying call to action....This movie isn't just a necessity -- it might change your future."
Washington Post - 10/01/2010
"WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's scathing, moving critique of American public education, makes you actually want to do something after you dry your eyes."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2011
"[Guggenheim] capably presents a story of failing schools and striving students that's engaging and well paced..."
Total Film - 12/03/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Guggenheim] shows a knack for presenting otherwise dry facts and figures in both a simple and dramatic way, combining them with heart-rending human stories."
Documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim explores the tragic ways in which the American public education system is failing our nation's children, and explores the roles that charter schools and education reformers could play in offering hope for the future. We see the statistics every day -- students dropping out, science and math scores falling, and schools closing due to lack of funding. What we don't see are the names and faces of the children whose entire futures are at stake due to our own inability to enact change. There was a time when the American public education system was a model admired by the entire world. Today other countries are surpassing us in every respect, and the slogan "No Child Left Behind" has become a cynical punch line. Bianca, Emily, Anthony, Daisy, and Francisco are five students who deserve better. By investigating how the current system is actually obstructing their education instead of bolstering it, Guggenheim opens the door to considering possible options for transformation and improvement.
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