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  • Summary: Eugene Simonet (Spacey) is a social studies teacher who teaches his class that it is possible for one person to change the world. When one student (Osment) really listens and believes, the ripples begin to be felt by others in his life and the idea starts to spread across the nation.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 8 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The kind of film you've got to admire simply for the way it squares its shoulders and plunges into a message of unfashionable idealism.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An unusual film that intelligently avoids numerous potential pitfalls even if its central earnestness is ultimately inescapable.
  3. 63
    Either you will weep uncontrollably during the final 10 minutes or so of this bittersweet fable...or the urge to gag will be overwhelming.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Spacey and company deserve better.
  5. 40
    (Leder's) camera won't sit still long enough to complete a scene and tell a coherent story, skittering all over the map until you're dizzy from all the degrees of separation and spurious connection.
  6. 40
    Baldly manipulative, emotionally counterfeit melodrama.
  7. 0
    An overflowing septic tank of chicken-soupy sanctimony that proceeds from casually offensive hypocrisy to wretchedly inapt religiosity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Aug 30, 2010
    Sorry for the translation With the permission of the director, Mimi Leder, enter Class Trevor, as auditors of course. The lesson has already begun.
  2. Dec 7, 2011
    An incredible film which brings an original characteristic to the table, giving the audience a point of view that had not yet been recognized. Though leaving you in tears at the end, it shows the importance of how much one step in society can make a difference and even though we think we don't make a difference with the choices we make and we may not ever know the impact of those choices, the effect of them can still make a huge impact. Expand
  3. Jan 23, 2014
    unfortunately this movie is underrated for many reasons, it might look like that the concept of the movie is silly,
    but it's not, it's
    actually beautiful but the execution wasn't that good.
    i mean there are roughly 4 characters in this movie, and all the scenes with Jay Mohr were stupid and unmemorable at all.
    and that buried the movie, but the performances was spectacular by Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment
    also the plot was good and the ending was beautiful.
    i mean it's a simple beautiful story if you just think about it for a sec.

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