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Tribune News Service
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January 14, 2013

An earnest "true story" that hits many of the expected importance-of- education grace notes, but never quite achieves a lump-in-your-throat reaction
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January 19, 2012

The First Grader is a self-congratulatory and subtlety-free slog that makes saints of its protagonists, devils out of its antagonists and narcoleptics out of its audience.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 26, 2011

The story is uplifting in a predictably pro-education, antiwar, feel-good way, warmth and humor balancing the heavy moments.
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Screenwize
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November 24, 2011

An uplifting, romanticised and gently-paced film infused with the dry beauty of the Kenyan landscape and powered by the moist-eyed performance of Oliver Litondo in the title role
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National Newspaper Publishers Association
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March 21, 2017

This appealing mixture of contention and inspiration becomes a feel-good story that will make you shed a tear, then grin ear to ear.
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Flicks.co.nz
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December 15, 2011

With the melodrama cranked up as high as it is, it's hard to believe this was a true story.
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Time Out
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June 22, 2011

It's funny how 'real life' sometimes conforms so closely to hackneyed patterns of screenwriting.
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Cinema Writer
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January 27, 2012

achieves a poignant, humanist sincerity
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Globe and Mail
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May 20, 2011

Stow your cynicism and give this lesson in continuing education the response it deserves -- more than a polite clap, maybe even a sitting ovation.
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Detroit News
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May 27, 2011

The First Grader is every bit as inspiring and heart-warming as you'd expect.
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Variety
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February 23, 2012

Director Justin Chadwick's admirable effort manages to do more than inspire, educating auds with an important chapter in African history.
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Seattle Times

May 26, 2011

The filmmaking is ... uneven, filled with charming picture-postcard scenes of smiling children and African sunshine that seem crafted for a different film than one with moments of horrific flashbacks.
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