Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers

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Freedom Writers

Based on the true story of Erin Gruwell (a steely Hilary Swank), a first time teacher in California who inspired her racially divided students to overcome the racism, violence, homelessness and abuse in their lives. It's set shortly after the LA riots.

Interestingly, the story is taken from the actual journals of the students and the actors playing them are largely first time actors.

2007Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language122 minsGermany, USA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
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Variety

Variety

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It takes the bold approach of being earnest, honest and unafraid to be called naive. As a result, it's extremely affecting...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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In Freedom Writers Hilary Swank uses neediness to fine effect in a film with a strong emotional tug and smartly laid foundation...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The film is both too short and too long at two hours-plus. Not enough time is spent with the teens and far too much with their teacher...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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Overall Freedom Writers is a noble effort. At a time when New Year's resolutions to change already are falling by the wayside, you can't help but be moved by a group of young people who followed through on their resolve...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Freedom Writers is a cross between Michelle Pfeiffer's Dangerous Minds and the documentary Paper Clips, about an American High School's Holocaust project. Although this feel-good drama sounds like something you've seen before, it's a story worth seeing again...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Despite solid work from the engaging cast, there’s nothing new here to distinguish Freedom Writers as anything beyond a C+...

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BBC

BBC

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Freedom Writers has its inspiring moments - especially given the true story - and some tense, dramatic scenes amid the speedy montages of confusing gang action. Swank's performance helps the medicine go down, too, making this a pleasant watch despite its indulgent length and sketchy characters...

3.0
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definitly worth seeing. You do get the feeling you've seen it all before as this, another in a long line of teacher beats the system" films. Again, based on fact Hilary Swank give a convincing performance. As do all the supporting actors, particularly the students.

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Report Card: Assignment: A film on a true-life American teacher who inspired her no-hoper class to achieve big-time, by making works like "Diary of Anne FRank" relevant to them and by inspiring them to write journals on their street-scarred lives - hence the "Freedom Writers" Grades: Acting: Excellence. Hilary SWank is thoughtful, impassioned, touching -...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

It takes the bold approach of being earnest, honest and unafraid to be called naive. As a result, it's extremely affecting...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In Freedom Writers Hilary Swank uses neediness to fine effect in a film with a strong emotional tug and smartly laid foundation...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film is both too short and too long at two hours-plus. Not enough time is spent with the teens and far too much with their teacher...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Overall Freedom Writers is a noble effort. At a time when New Year's resolutions to change already are falling by the wayside, you can't help but be moved by a group of young people who followed through on their resolve...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Freedom Writers is a cross between Michelle Pfeiffer's Dangerous Minds and the documentary Paper Clips, about an American High School's Holocaust project. Although this feel-good drama sounds like something you've seen before, it's a story worth seeing again...

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite solid work from the engaging cast, there’s nothing new here to distinguish Freedom Writers as anything beyond a C+...

2.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Freedom Writers has its inspiring moments - especially given the true story - and some tense, dramatic scenes amid the speedy montages of confusing gang action. Swank's performance helps the medicine go down, too, making this a pleasant watch despite its indulgent length and sketchy characters...

3.0
0

definitly worth seeing. You do get the feeling you've seen it all before as this, another in a long line of teacher beats the system" films. Again, based on fact Hilary Swank give a convincing performance. As do all the supporting actors, particularly the students.

4.0
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Report Card: Assignment: A film on a true-life American teacher who inspired her no-hoper class to achieve big-time, by making works like "Diary of Anne FRank" relevant to them and by inspiring them to write journals on their street-scarred lives - hence the "Freedom Writers" Grades: Acting: Excellence. Hilary SWank is thoughtful, impassioned, touching...

4.0
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