Accepted

critic Reviews

, 90% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I'm not sure that this film gets at an answer about what needs to be done here. Something was working, but something was wrong, too.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    By focusing on the collateral damage of the scandal, “Accepted” takes on the whole broken college admissions system, arguing that the obsession with “elite” universities may be an obstacle to a good education.
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    Beandrea JulyNew York Times
    As we witness both the documentary’s subjects -- and its director -- navigate a shocking development in real time, a quietly probing film emerges that pierces the myth of American meritocracy.
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    Martin TsaiAV Club
    It highlights the fact that these inspirational stories about marginalized people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps are often used to allow systemic inequities to fester.
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    Lovia GyarkyeHollywood Reporter
    The doc provides a sobering and emotional look at what, if any, options exist for those who aren't white or wealthy in an unequal system.
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    Nick SchagerThe Daily Beast
    In the end, Accepted proves a cautionary tale about miracle solutions to complicated predicaments, as well as a lament for the genuine casualties of this con.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Travis DeShongIn Review Online
    Accepted doesn’t always handle its myriad threads with equal deftness, but the film is movingly carried through on the strength of its individual stories and their larger sociopolitical implications.
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    Charles SolomonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I think it's a more interesting story than it is a film.
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    Lael LoewensteinFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is a really fascinating documentary about our education system in the United States... A terrific, incisive, really provocative piece of filmmaking.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Monique JonesCommon Sense Media
    Accepted does a wonderful job of showing their complex journey, as well as the complexities that make up the United States' views on education and race.
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