• Release Date: Apr 24, 2002
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. An urgent, stirring story made all the more inspiring by the very ordinary nature of its subjects.
  2. Generous doses of bright-sounding music add to the movie's appeal.
  3. Often feels like two movies loosely sewn together. By far the most compelling of the two is its portrait of Ms. Boyd, a woman who for all her quirks and self-dramatizing flourishes, emerges as a noble spirit on the side of the angels.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    If a year in the life of a university department head doesn't sound like the stuff of a riveting documentary, please allow this stirring film by husband and wife filmmakers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson to change your mind.
  5. 90
    Uncompromising in her art, her teaching, and her professional relations, Boyd makes for a classic tough old bird of a character.
  6. 63
    Makes a powerful case against the wisdom of budget cuts at universities everywhere.
  7. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    100
    Isn't only an outstanding documentary -- it's also a powerful personal drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Peranson
    80
    In a meticulous style that often appears offhanded, the directors chronicle Boyd's journey step-by-step, pausing to eavesdrop on the teacher talking to herself.

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