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  • Summary: Three seniors at Philadelphia's Frankford High School find an unlikely champion in the kitchen of Wilma Stephenson. A legend in the school system, Mrs. Stephenson's hilariously blunt boot-camp method of teaching Culinary Arts is validated by years of scholarship success. (Non Sequitur Productions)
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  1. A heart-grabbing, awe-inspiring work that needs no embellishment.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    80
    We witness many of Stephenson's inspirational moments during class, but miles more exist behind her students' skills and execution.
  3. 75
    That rare commodity: a film with only good things to say about public schools.
  4. Pressure Cooker belongs to the honorable if overpopulated genre of inspirational films (both documentaries and features) dedicated to the proposition that one committed, passionate teacher can make all the difference in the lives of disadvantaged students.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    70
    The intersection of food and identity is briefly explored, and the prep/exam sequences have a tension and charm that keeps the film moving toward its literally rewarding climax.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    70
    Stephenson's a true original, worthy of her own reality TV show. As Pressure Cooker proves: Anything is possible.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    60
    The culinary setting gives this familiar formula an appetizing twist.

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