The Revolutionary Optimists


Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

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  1. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Mar 26, 2013
    It’s truly something to see these children come into their own, and to bear witness to the undeniable sea change Ganguly has set in motion.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 12, 2013
    Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 18, 2013
    Unfortunately, the film often feels somewhat random and disorganized, with Newnham and Grainger-Monsen never zeroing in on a cohesive narrative structure. Still, the movie's engaging subjects (including several parents) and valuable themes largely carry the day.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Mar 25, 2013
    The filmmakers display a genuine reverence for their subjects, evident even in the intimate but never intrusive photography.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 28, 2013
    As heartening as it is to see a slum child tutored about vicious cycles of adversity and using the buzzword “partnership” with aplomb, the film comes to feel cut and dried.

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