The movie “Won’t Back Down,” which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as reformers trying to battle education bureaucrats and teachers unions to help children, has irked progressive movie critics.
Reviewers have been dismissing the film as “propaganda,” trying to de-legitimize it by highlighting the fact that a conservative funded it.
In Time, Mary Polis mentions “Won’t Back Down” was produced by Walden Media and made her “annoyed.”
She writes, “the characterizations of the union bosses are absurd,” and one bad teacher is “so broadly sketched” she half expected the director to “cut to her pulling out a vibrator, just to bring it to full parody, Bad Teacher style.”
In the Los Angeles Times, reviewer Kenneth Turan calls the movie “mindless” and “shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus.” He claims it “will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair.”
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