In this powerful story - inspired by true events - of parenthood, friendship, hope and courage, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis portray determined mothers who will stop at nothing to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy and a system mired in traditional thinking, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
- Daniel Barnz
- Daniel Barnz, Brin Hill
- Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Rosie Perez, Holly Hunter, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lance Reddick, Ving Rhames
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, 09.27.2012
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, 09.27.2012
Even terrific casting and a well-intentioned story don't add up to a wholehearted cinematic win.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 09.27.2012
So shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 09.27.2012