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Released Year: 2016
Runtime: 101 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Casts: Ian Buruma, Cai Guo-Qiang, Wen-You Cai, Wenhao Cai
IMDB: The Bad Kids (2016) - IMDB

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The A.V. Club - Noel Murray
Directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (best-known for their Terry Gilliam behind-the-scenes docs Lost In La Mancha and The Hamster Factor) have made The Bad Kids in the “fly on the wall” mold of Frederick Wiseman, crossed with the “year-in-the-life” storytelling of Hoop Dreams. The structure of Black Rock itself is one of their biggest narrative assets.
Movie Nation - Roger Moore
It’s bracing and inspiring, what filmmakers Keith Fulton and Leo Pepe show us in that first hour.
The Hollywood Reporter - Justin Lowe
Directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe dive right into the school’s maelstrom of tragedy, dysfunction and boundless optimism, delivering an insightful, affecting film that casts sympathetic light on a neglected educational sector in a manner that acknowledges the dedication of countless career educators and may even help inspire a new generation of teachers and social workers.
Variety - Nick Schager
Taking the macro view, [Fulton and Pepe] seem to miss out on the types of thorny micro details — about McGee’s relationship with his mother, or about Viland’s own history preceding her tenure at Black Rock — that would have provided additional complexity.

The Bad Kids (2016)

A group of teachers at a Mojave Desert high school take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.