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Rated PG · 102 minutes · 2010
An eye-opening look at the problems that plague the U.S. public-school system and, more importantly, the millions of children it lets down annually. Documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim knows this mountain is too high to climb all at once; after all, how do you fix corrupt, underfunded, underperforming, regressive and bloated all at once? Instead of trying for the summit, “Superman” aims for a base camp, introducing problems we may not have known are so severe alongside some upstart programs that seem to be making headway in some of the hardest-hit parts of the country. As frustrating as it is informational, Waiting for “Superman” may be the subject of a callous Academy Award marketing push, but its heart and mind are in the right place.


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Official Site: www.waitingforsuperman.com
Director: Davis Guggenheim

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NUVO Hoppe: IPS is done The people who remember a time when public education really worked are getting older. Now the public must consider the reality of a fragmented system. by David Hoppe 11/28/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Hereafter, Paranormal Activity 2, Saw 3D and more. 10/21/2010
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Oct. 22 A ghostly return; a disaffected (but very handsome) psychic; the state of schools and a slew of special screenings. It's all at the movies. 10/22/2010
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Memphis Flyer Bad Education Waiting for “Superman” shows a public education system in need of a hero. by Mary Cashiola 10/21/2010
Indy Week Davis Guggenheim's tendentious education film, Waiting for "Superman" Because Guggenheim is proposing that charter schools are the institutions that could rescue America's youth, you'd think he'd spend some time explaining how they're created and funded. by Nathan Gelgud 10/13/2010
Boise Weekly Waiting for Superman Make no mistake, this movie has its share of detractors, beginning with teachers' unions. The film speaks a truth that is usually whispered: A good many teachers are just not meant for the job. by George Prentice 10/20/2010

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