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Minds Not Wastednew

An admirable spirit of social uplift animates The Great Debaters.
Shepherd Express  |  David Luhrssen  |  01-11-2008  |  Reviews

'The Great Debaters': Oprah-ticnew

This Oprah-produced and Denzel-directed historical tale is powerful, but over-polished.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff  |  01-03-2008  |  Reviews

Speaking the Truthnew

Historical drama struggles to rise above conventions.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Allison Keene  |  01-02-2008  |  Reviews

Big Talknew

The ever-ingratiating Denzel Washington both stars and directs this feel-bad-then-good fable, based on the mid-'30s triumphs of the debate team from all-black Wiley College. Also reviewed: The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.
Washington City Paper  |  Mark Jenkins  |  12-27-2007  |  Reviews

'The Great Debaters' Commits the Worst Kind of Sentimentalizingnew

Denzel Washington's black biopic is more concerned with uplifting than exposing truth.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  12-27-2007  |  Reviews

Denzel Fires It Up in 'The Great Debaters'new

There's a lot here about institutionalized racism and the ways in which violence and humiliation are systematically employed to keep people afraid, and it's all packaged up in a nice sentimental package, with a few fat-kid-makes-good and pretty-girl-gets-laid subplots for good measure.
The Portland Mercury  |  Alison Hallett  |  12-20-2007  |  Reviews

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