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At Theaters: 9/28/2012 On Video: 1/15/2013
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 1 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 599978
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
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Drama - This is a fact-based drama about the schooling system is a bit made- for-television movie in its straightforward style, but with big name big screen dramatic actresses Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal; all of the other actors are secondary to that pair. The target audience is older viewers, in particular women. Objectionable content is minimal and therefore the film is family safe, but kids would not be interested.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Maggie Gyllenhaal HYSTERIA, NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS, CRAZY HEART
Viola Davis EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, THE HELP
Holly Hunter THE INCREDIBLES, LITTLE BLACK BOOK, MOONLIGHT MILE
Oscar Isaac FOR GREATER GLORY, W.E., DRIVE, THE NATIVITY STORY
Rosie Perez PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, THE ROAD TO ELDORADO
Director: Daniel Barnz BEASTLY
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Production Notes Heading
Production Information
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Fairly frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some comic lines.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Average That's little surprise in a film where typecasting and color-coding makes it easy to predict which characters are good or bad.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average The film, inspired by true events, gets points for tackling the thorny problem of public school reform but loses them for glossing over the complexities.

Washington Post Full Review
Poor But by that time, 'Won't Back Down' has become so didactic that viewers are likely to feel less uplifted than lectured.

NY Post Full Review
Good Still, I haven't seen a timelier or more important film this year, and the film's passion for school choice could hardly be more warranted.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 62 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
5
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
12
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
31
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 62 moviegoers:
TEENS:Four of the five females loved "Won't Back Down."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great reviews from the ladies. All ten of them loved it, as did half the males. The other two males rated it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much.
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS! Both the males and females loved "Won't Back Down." Only a very small percentage rated it as low as average, which is just a bit low but certainly not bad.

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