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Lean on Me

1989
Drama
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1h 48m
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Avg Percentile 54.97% from 457 total ratings

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Rated 25 Dec 2020
85
73rd
Easily Morgan Freeman's most underrated performance--and that counts him not winning an Oscar for The Shawshank Redemption. The grounded narrative will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to create lasting change inside an organization, only to find themselves confronted with conservative bureaucracy. But it's fun as hell, too! It has some meme worthy moments, including one of the best arguments ever filmed (that ends with "C'mon, let's get something to eat"). Highly recommended.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
93rd
Definitely one of Morgan Freeman's best roles. He is perfect as Joe Clark in an extremely powerful story of determination, willpower, and the desire to constantly make things better at all costs.
Rated 12 Feb 2021
80
87th
Good Movie I Saw This Recently And I Think It's Held Up Well Overtime
Rated 18 Jul 2009
96
91st
EXCELLENT. Worth seeing if only for the scene where Morgan Freeman jumpropes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
75th
I love this movie. It was about the town next to mine, how can I not?
Rated 18 Apr 2022
82
67th
Nice to see Avildsen finally have the courage to do a proper “underdog” follow-through! It’s definitely clichéd and predictable from the get-go, but stands out from the group of 90s BLACKBOARD JUNGLE riffs thanks to powerful and committed performances all round, starting with Freeman who is unafraid to make his character a sanctimonious bully at times, but does chart a gradual course towards self-refinement; this ultimately makes the unlikely final scenes quietly affecting and moving.
Rated 24 Dec 2019
86
62nd
B+
Rated 05 May 2014
65
33rd
Pretty much a vehicle for a good performance by Morgan Freeman. The rest is just kind of meh.
Rated 13 Mar 2008
75
68th
Great performance by Freeman.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
65
49th
Unspectacular but well acted
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
65th
morgan freeman is one of the best actors that ever lived
Rated 13 Jun 2007
62
53rd
I really liked it when I was a little girl.
Rated 14 Nov 2010
50
38th
Morgan Freeman is a self serious asshole to a bunch of kids. Sometimes there's a point underlying his cruel scoldings, sometimes there isn't. He's the type of asshole who thinks that motivational humiliation is uniformly effective. Eventually he reforms himself or whatever, but at that point the upliftment was to cliche and unbelievable for me to even care.
Rated 05 Feb 2011
78
79th
okul, müdür, disiplin, ögretmen, kötü okul, eyalet sinavi , zenci agirlikli okul (Joe clark kokusmus okulu kendine özgü yöntemlerle düzeltir.)
Rated 20 Feb 2011
64
26th
and here I was thinking it was gonna be a docu on the filmmaker. (ok, sure - that one was weak). The issue I DID have with the film, though, could be answered with the initials M.F. He needs to retire, to a Home for the Sanctimonious. Or use that intoning voice to wax warmly about various consumer products.
Rated 01 Sep 2012
3
55th
I've shot a water gun at a guy who dated the real Joe Clark's daughter. ~claims to fame~
Rated 26 Dec 2016
69
17th
childish, though going inclined towards non childish
Rated 23 Jan 2018
77
51st
Clark starts out taking the assignment with a huge chip on his shoulder that causes good and harm alike. It's hard to like him sometimes. There are a lot of movies about trying to turn around failing schools. It's also based upon a true story, yet not, so it becomes hard to evaluate. Clark turned around the school, but not without a lot of attrition, and I'm not sure if all of it was needed. The big question is, is that to be admired? Some decisions are decidedly not. Ending is contradictory.
Rated 19 Jan 2019
66
51st
One of the many inspirational teacher genre in the 80s and 90s, this one is merely average.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
65
26th
Take the inner city school and turn it around. It's already been done better.
Rated 25 Nov 2020
60
23rd
Morgan Freeman is excellent as Clark. He had risen to prominence only a couple of years before this in "Street Smart", and this was his first chance to carry a movie in the lead role. He's so good, he almost convinces me. But the film really isn't. The film is so melodramatic that you can't really take it very seriously.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
28th
A middling entry in the "inspirational educator" genre, although it fails to transcend the clichés.

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