Radical Movie Reviews

Radical Movie Reviews

Ratings: 3/5 Review By: trinity :vareity

“Idealistic teachers propel some of the most shamelessly schmaltzy tearjerkers of cinema, but whether we like it or not, we all respond to them at some sincere, emotional level…..”

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: pete himmand :deadline

“The last time Mexican superstar eugend had a film at sundane was just in 2021. The movie was CODA, and it not only at the fest that year, it went on to win three oscares including best pictuere. He had a supporting role in that film as an inspirational high school music teacher, and now in radacal which just had its world premiere at Sundance on opening night at the Eccles Theatre, he essays another inspirational teacher. This time it’s a true story and one in which he plays the lead role of Sergio Juarez…..”

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: david roony:hollywood reporter

“Christopher Zalla’s uplifting tearjerker is based on the true story of an impassioned educator who turned around the grades of his failing class in just a year.l…..”

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: trinity site :indiewire

“The figure of the selfless teacher with an idealist mindset about education has abundant onscreen representation. Of these, Edward James Olmos’ lively, Oscar-nominated portrayal of Jaime Escalante, who taught math to marginalized teens at James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, in “Stand and Deliver,” serves as quintessential example of these admirable paladins of knowledge in American popular culture…..”

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: trinity site :slashfilm

“Lean on Me” led by Morgan Freeman, or “Dangerous Minds” with Michelle Pfeiffer, take place in urban settings where the school is overridden with crime and drugs, resulting in students who have no respect for authority and no interest in learning. Of course, that all changes when each film’s respective teacher offers up some kind of revelatory lesson that sparks the interest of the young minds who maybe just need an opportunity to leave their rough upbringing behind.

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