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Won't Back Down

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Daniel Barnz

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About the Movie

OSCAR ® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal (2009, Supporting Actress, "Crazy Heart") and Viola Davis (2011, Actress, "The Help") lead a stellar cast in writer-director Daniel Barnz’s inspirational drama inspired by actual events. Frustrated by her dyslexic daughter’s struggles at a failing inner-city school, Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) tries to enroll her somewhere else. When this fails, Jamie recruits a disillusioned but caring teacher (Davis) to try to fix the broken school. Soon, the women find themselves in a tense battle against apathy, hopelessness, and powerful interests. OSCAR ® Winner Holly Hunter (1993, Actress, "The Piano") and OSCAR ® Nominee Rosie Perez (1993 Supporting Actress, "Fearless") also star in this inspiring story that shows how profoundly parents can affect their kids’ education.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 103
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 69
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: However you take its politics, the film upholds a dreary tradition of simplifying and sentimentalizing matters of serious social concern, and dumbing down issues that call for clarity and creative thinking. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Sep 27, 2012

Rotten: Teachers unions are by no means perfect, but Won't Back Down turns them into public school enemy number one. – Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, Sep 27, 2012

Rotten: Even terrific casting and a well-intentioned story don't add up to a wholehearted cinematic win. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 27, 2012

Rotten: So shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 27, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Don't Read the Biased Media Critcs' Reviews

When I heard about the plot of this movie I knew right away the movie critics would hate it. Mom takes on teacher's union --- that's all the critics--New York Times, TIME magazine, USA Today, LA TImes-- had to hear to give a thumbs down to this great story and inspiring story. Movie crtitics are liberals first, movie critics second. And I'm 100 percent sure never had to raise their kids in a failing school system.

Love it!

Love it! Love it! Love it! Forget all your talk about politics, it was a movie about a mom fighting for a better life for her child. No parent could say that if they were in that situation they would do anything else.


After reading other reviews , I was very glad I disregarded them and watched this movie.

Won't Back Down
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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