Jeff Labrecque
May 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Great Debaters

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
123 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/25/07
performer
Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jermaine Williams
director
Denzel Washington
distributor
MGM
author
Robert Eisele
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

By the time Oscar winners Washington and Whitaker — as rival influences on an all-black debate team — collide on screen in The Great Debaters, any excitement around their scenes is deflated by the manufactured drama of this true-life historical lesson. Director Washington films the story of Wiley College’s 1935 debate champions like a clichéd sports movie — one that lacks complexity or suspense. EXTRAS Spirited interviews with surviving Wiley debaters; gushing from starstruck producer Oprah Winfrey: ”I hope that in my lifetime I get…to work with Forest as an actor.” C+

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