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  • Summary: Based on a true story and the diaries of real Long Beach teenagers after the L.A. riots, Freedom Writers is an inspirational tale and testimony to courage hope and the human spirit's triumph over intolerance. (Paramount)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 80
    It all sounds like a recipe for the most noxious liberal jerk-off movie since "Crash," but in the hands of writer-director Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers turns out to be a superb piece of mainstream entertainment -- not an agonized debate over the principles of modern education à la "The History Boys," but a simple, straightforward and surprisingly affecting story of one woman who managed to make a difference.
  2. Overall Freedom Writers is a noble effort. At a time when New Year's resolutions to change already are falling by the wayside, you can't help but be moved by a group of young people who followed through on their resolve.
  3. Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) is real, and for all the dramatic license that writer/director Richard LaGravenese takes in his film, her story -- and the stories of her students -- are moving.
  4. In Freedom Writers Hilary Swank uses neediness to fine effect in a film with a strong emotional tug and smartly laid foundation.
  5. 63
    Formulaic though it is, the story hits the right emotional buttons and promises that hope and dogged work trump despair.
  6. It offers a sort of Chinese food poignancy, the kind that may seem satisfying at the time but ultimately leaves us hungering for more, for something authentic.
  7. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    40
    Despite solid work from the engaging cast, there’s nothing new here to distinguish Freedom Writers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. EvaS.
    Jan 30, 2007
    10
    Excellent, inspirational movie. All the characters are realistic and interesting. Very engaging and fun to watch.
  2. ChanteeJ.
    Nov 10, 2007
    10
    I must say that this is a very inspiring movie. Having a chid in high school, I would hope that his teachers would be jsut as encouraging as I must say that this is a very inspiring movie. Having a chid in high school, I would hope that his teachers would be jsut as encouraging as Ms. G. I very seldom see that kind of passion in any teachers now. I think this is a must see for all. Expand
  3. FreshB.
    Feb 18, 2009
    10
    Word up homies i seen a lot from da hood and its all about claiming property. This movie is dope as HELL! Live strong.
  4. KyleW.
    Jan 5, 2007
    8
    I went to an early showing and must say, not only did I not know much about this movie but also wasn't expecting too much from it. In I went to an early showing and must say, not only did I not know much about this movie but also wasn't expecting too much from it. In the end I was very pleasantly surprised. The actinig was top notch and the story flowed well. Expand
  5. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    7
    Hillary Swank plays a school teacher in a bad neighborhood, who manages to become a second family and create a special kind of bond - trust, Hillary Swank plays a school teacher in a bad neighborhood, who manages to become a second family and create a special kind of bond - trust, love and emotion - with her students in spite of all hardships. They call themselves Freedom Writers. Film is based on real events. Another good and rather difficult drama with Swank. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2012
    6
    It is the typical movie bad children who become good thanks to a good person. The plot is typical, but the movie is entertaining.
  7. ChadS.
    Mar 9, 2007
    3
    "Freedom Writers" is a story that should rightfully be told...in the form of a documentary. As vanity projects go, this earnest telling of an "Freedom Writers" is a story that should rightfully be told...in the form of a documentary. As vanity projects go, this earnest telling of an extraordinary teacher and her second chance pupils isn't "Battlefield Earth"-bad, but it's close. You get the sense that these inner-city kids have good hearts, however, the portrayal of their lives seem too sanitized to achieve versimilitude. At times, the film feels like "Boyz in the Hood" as rendered by the PAX network. There's also an odd episode or two that is more documentary than drama, which is an odd mix since the film makes no attempt at realism. This well-meaning film tries too hard to grab our hearts. The success and redemption of these hard-knock kids is somewhat blunted by an unwillingness on the filmmaker's part to be more objective about its subject. Expand

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