• Harrison Mitchell

    ★★★½ Watched by Harrison Mitchell 26 Apr, 2015

    Gosling is great, yo.


  • Michael Herrington

    ★★★ Watched by Michael Herrington 11 Apr, 2015

    Disappointingly cold and reserved drama, aided by good performances from Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps. Take the best of this and add a dash of the over-the-top, raw stuff from, say, Short Term 12, and I think you could have a really good movie.


  • Chris Newar

    ★★★½ Watched by Chris Newar 01 Apr, 2015

    I was worried this was going to be another in the long line of "dangerous Minds" type movies. I am pleased to say it did not follow that script. There is no redemption here.

    What I really liked about this film was there was no black and white, no good vs bad. There were many characters that had good qualities mixed with major flaws.

    Gosling is pretty raw in this movie and the Drey character really drives the movie. defiantly worth a watch.


  • adrian_ko

    ★★½ Watched by adrian_ko 01 Apr, 2015

    I've never seen Ryan Gosling acting that good. This is really a stunning performance by him. The way, he's playing this drug-addicted teacher, who's always stoned, but never loses the attention for his pupils, is just great.
    Nevertheless, this movie isn't very special. It's just too long. In 100 minutes there isn't one scene, where anything special is happening. That's a little bit sad, because a very interesting topic is approached here.
    But unfortanately, for me, this flm is just boring.


  • William Kretschmer

    ★★★½ Watched by William Kretschmer 27 Mar, 2015

    An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.
    Unusual story of friendship and compassion amidst adverse conditions with an intense performance by Ryan Gosling.


  • Mischka

    ★★★½ Watched by Mischka 17 Mar, 2015

    If you're looking for swelling music and inspirational white people maybe you should go watch Freedom Writers, this is not that movie. Instead, Sometimes crappy people try to wade through their sometimes crappy lives. This movie doesn't pander to dramatic moments and false climaxes of universal change. 1 man in 1 classroom finds himself in the position to shift 1 child's life in 1 small change of direction. That micro-plot might not satisfy some. Maybe it doesn't go in depth…


  • breakerfall

    ★★★ Watched by breakerfall 10 Feb, 2015

    Für mich ein wenig zu ruhig erzählt. Ein paar Szenen sind jedoch sehr intensiv und bleiben in Erinnerung. Trotzdem reicht hier einmal sehen für mich.


  • Gorana

    ★★★ Watched by Gorana 08 Feb, 2015 2

    Habe mir mehr erwartet. Ein bisschen nichtssagend und gewöhnlich, dafür ganz wunderbar gespielt.


  • Amy Ashdown

    ★★★ Watched by Amy Ashdown 02 Feb, 2015

    There are brilliant performances all round in this story of a high school teacher who becomes friends with a pupil after she discovers he is a drug addict. However, the film moves far too slowly and the ending is quite disappointing.


  • Joshua Donaldson

    ★★★ Watched by Joshua Donaldson 24 Jan, 2015

    Broken Social Scene scored it which is great.


  • LorraineSovern

    ★★★★★ Added by LorraineSovern

    An amazing film and fantastic soundtrack.


  • rawrawr

    ★★★★ Watched by rawrawr 24 Jan, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    White guy == crackhead and teacher
    black young girl == clever

    The girl sees the teacher smoking crack in school. So they share a secret and stay connected. Both have this bound and become friends in a weird way.