I would say this is a notch or two better than a few of the regulars on the critics' lists. One standout moment: When the dad (he's home-schooling but in a decidedly secular way) asks his daughter to tell him about the book she's just finished--Lolita. The daughter's response, as she goes through her reactions to the novel and its main character, is the best capsule analysis I've ever heard or read about the book. And you can see the daughter working her way through the analysis as she's delivering the lines. And you end up thinking, Geez, I just got a semester's worth of analysis of this novel in a few succinct lines. This in turn plays into how you feel about the dad's whole project. But it's balanced, because the movie shows you the negatives too and lets you make up your own mind (although there's a little propaganda for one side over the other, but not too much).