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The Providence Effect Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    For the film to be truer to the school’s reputation, it would have had to dig a little deeper.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The film never completely shakes the feel of being more an advertisement than a documentary, but once it settles into a concrete illustration of Adams's philosophy ("You've got to believe and expect that the children can achieve"), it becomes riveting.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    More an infomercial than a movie, Rollin Binzer’s awed documentary is, at best, a well-earned tribute to one man’s unwavering vision and unrelenting hard work.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Impressive, although not quite the film it could have been. It asks few hard questions.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    If anything is missing from this inspiring film, it is a deeper examination of why, given how common-sensical these approaches are, so few other schools have been able to accomplish what Providence St. Mel's has.

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