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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 24, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Beyond The Blackboard Image
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69

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  • Summary: The Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie is based on Stacey Bess, a young teacher hired to teach a group of homeless children in Salt Lake City in 1987.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Kids
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Jennifer Armstrong
    Apr 25, 2011
    75
    [They're] doing the whole Dangerous Minds thing that's admittedly hard to resist--and naturally, based on a heartwarming true story--even if it's nothing particularly new. [22/29 Apr 2011, p.92]
  2. Reviewed by: Jim Heinrich
    Apr 25, 2011
    70
    The movie holds the interest, despite a tendency to sentimentalize.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 25, 2011
    70
    Stacey represents one of those too-good-to-be-true movie teachers, but VanCamp possesses such innate likability that she can make that sense of commitment believable. Nor does it hurt that the producers did an impeccable job casting the various students, including Liam McKanna and Paola Andino as two of Stacey's more significant pupils.
  4. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Apr 25, 2011
    70
    The story is as predictable as the sunrise, but somehow, instead of distracting from the film's enjoyment, that adds to it. As the world spins faster and more coarsely every day, it's a quiet pleasure to watch an old-fashioned production in which virtue, charity, and hard work are rewarded.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Apr 25, 2011
    60
    It's so heartwarming it would make a penguin take off his tuxedo in the middle of an Antarctic winter.