“Another movie about a well-meaning, white- bread teacher thrust among the savages? No, not by a long shot. Although Freedom Writers (Paramount, 1.5) is the latest in a long line of saint- saves-students stories, it takes the bold approach of being earnest, honest and unafraid to be called naive. As a result, it’s extremely affecting.

“Presided over by a sensitive, open performance by Hilary Swank and blessed by a gifted group of young actors, the drama could win hearts and dollars, especially if Paramount pushes pic’s humanity over its presumed nobility.” –from John Anderson‘s 1.3.07 Variety review.