(2002)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A whole world can be fit into 76 minutes, and that's what the splendid documentary OT: our town manages to do.
90
The New York Times
At the end, when they have created a vibrant new theater program for their school, their sense of triumph is infectious. " 'Our Town' Is Ghetto!" one of them exults. Thornton Wilder, wherever he is, would understand and take it as a compliment.
90
A smart, seamless commentary on race, class and the expectations (or lack of) that are often attached to them. Kennedy is helped greatly by deep currents of heart and humor that pull you into the unfolding tale, and to the edge of your seat as the countdown to opening night begins.
80
Village Voice
Kennedy takes pains to illuminate aspects and insights that buck cliché.
80
Variety
The evolving drama of the amateur, crisis-strewn production creates its own tensions, internal structure and time frame. Pic constantly surprises.
75
Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy finally gives us a reason to feel warm and fuzzy about Compton, Calif. It's not an easy feat.
70
"We're not that different, but we're different from what you think we are," says 16-year-old Ebony, and no playwright could have said it better.
63
New York Daily News
Surely no other has done it quite like this group.
63
Premiere
At opening night, with every seat in the cafeteria filled, you realize that the students have not only carved out a fledgling drama department in this sports-mad place, they’ve updated Grover’s Corners to Compton.
38
New York Post
Seems to exist solely to drive this observation home in the most heavy-handed way.

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