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The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 71
- Fresh: 42
- Rotten: 29
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A tearful, joyful, imperfect, yet nearly irresistible ode to the human spirit.
Fresh: Strong performances and a stripped-down visual aesthetic help mitigate some of the movie's potential mawkishness.
Rotten: You marvel all the more at Litondo's and Harris's performances, considering how much claptrap Ann Peacock's script requires them to put up with.
Rotten: Too bad the script is predictable at every turn.
Gem of a film
A movie that actually moves you in the most wonderful of ways...
Stories like The First Grader don't come around too often...
A wonderful film
This is a wonderful movie! It moves you in more ways than one. No special effects. Great story. Great acting. Great theme. A must see. This is one of those films that I don't understand why more people aren't talking about it.