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  • Summary: Director Mike Akel provides a rare and realistic teacher's perspective into the absurd, provocative and occasionally volatile world of public education. (SomedaySoon Productions)
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  1. 100
    Chalk is loaded with life, energy, truth and respect. It may just make you yearn for your high schooling days. Okay, maybe not, but Chalk will have you laughing long after the movie has ended. How's that for homework?
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    Filtering one school year through the eyes of three young instructors and a rookie administrator, this loosely scripted satire mostly steers clear of cheap shots and over-the-top gags, balancing its comic observations with a real measure of affection for teachers and students alike.
  3. 75
    The indie film is funny and, at times, heartbreaking. Wisely, it avoids the happy ending that Hollywood would have insisted upon.
  4. 70
    Unlike high school movies made for the teen market, Chalk gets many of its laughs from the backstage wrangling among the teachers as they unload their stress on one another.
  5. More a series of loose-limbed vignettes than a sculpted narrative, Chalk lacks a compelling dramatic drive. But the cast creates a fine, improvisatory interplay, captured with verite-style camerawork, and the unforced humor and insights go a long way.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    The results are about what you'd expect: friendly, unfocused, occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    50
    In general, the humor is understated, excessively so.

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