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The Bad Kids

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The movie follows a group of teachers at a Mojave Desert high school, one of California's alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out, as they take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.
Release: 2016
IMDb: 6.9
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Duration: 101 min
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CRITICS OF "The Bad Kids"
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Salt Lake Tribune
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December 20, 2016

Determined teachers fight long odds in The Bad Kids, a slice-of-life documentary of the struggles in a high school for at-risk youth in California's Mojave Desert.
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Movie Nation
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December 28, 2016

Formulaic, but uplifting and inspiring
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Variety
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December 20, 2016

Bolstered by a confident fly-on-the-wall aesthetic and a suitably somber score by Michael Jacaszek, Fulton and Pepe locate both heartbreak and hope in their intertwined tales of people fighting to gain control of their (and others') lives.
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FILMINK (Australia)
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April 22, 2016

Sombre yet powerful.
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RogerEbert.com
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December 16, 2016

Mounted in a serviceable but undistinguished verité manner that eschews talking heads, explanatory titles and other means of conveying information.
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Paste Magazine
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January 06, 2017

An affecting and enlightening documentary, The Bad Kids offers a fly-on-the-wall look at efforts to help students graduate high school despite their personal struggles and looming sense of hopelessness.
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Village Voice
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December 22, 2016

Desert flowers can be hard to spot, but are often distinctly beautiful, and The Bad Kids has them in focus.
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Film Journal International
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December 22, 2016

Students on the brink of disaster are the subject of this admirably heartfelt and uncondescending documentary.
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Los Angeles Times
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December 15, 2016

The vérité approach in "The Bad Kids" gives viewers insight into a timely issue by literally putting a face on it.
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Slant Magazine
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December 20, 2016

Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary raises important questions about the limits of pedagogy.
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Hollywood Reporter
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December 20, 2016

An insightful, affecting film that casts sympathetic light on a neglected educational sector.
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AV Club
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December 15, 2016

One of the major points The Bad Kids makes is that most "problem students" have common struggles that could be managed with the individualized attention that big public high schools can't provide.
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