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Higher Learning Reviews

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Film4
July 25, 2010
The film lapses into polarized melodrama but it's a handsome piece, displaying a fair understanding of our desperate need to belong.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2010
Singleton gets points for exposing the hypocrisy of "politically correct" institutions, but stilted dialogue and cardboard characterizations undermine the message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Despite some likable performances (Epps is especially winning), the drama in Higher Learning is constricted, hemmed in by Singleton's compulsion to view his characters as walking paradigms of racial and sexual politics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
Higher Learning has a great many things on its mind, which immediately places it in a rather exclusive category of American films these days.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A stylish, intelligent film-maker, Singleton interweaves the threads of his demographic tapestry with assurance, passion and a welcome awareness of the complexities of the college community's contradictory impulses towards integration and separatism.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
There's some nice ideas and realistically felt characters here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 3, 2005
For anyone who's been to USC, it's a pretty hilarious parody of life there. If you take it as presented, however, it's over-dramatic and unbelievable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 23, 2005
Another tour-de-force for Singleton
| Original Score: 3/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 27, 2004
John Singleton at his most pretentious and preachy.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...John Singleton's third (and best) film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 4, 2003
Flawed but often arresting drama
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Everyone here, from beer-swilling white fraternity boys to rap-loving black students harassed by the campus police, can be judged at face value. Everyone is exactly what he or she seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003
Almost unwatchable.
| Original Score: 0/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 25, 2002
A flawed endeavor... but still an entertaining and thought-provoking film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
September 10, 2001
Singleton deserves praise for shining the spotlight on some of today's biggest social issues; it's just unfortunate that the laws of cinema ultimately blunt some of his messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
June 12, 2001
The plot would all mean something if Singleton offered his characters any engaging conflicts--they all seem recycled from movies of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Higher Learning is often clichéd, unfocused and didactic. But Singleton has a goal most of his contemporaries have given up on: He wants to make a movie that makes a difference.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Presenting problems is not the same as dramatizing them successfully, and as strong as his message is, Singleton has not found the best way to deliver it.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It's an ambitious but unfocused effort which is admirable for its balanced perspective but leaves critical characters as mere representations of the stereotypes it seems to be challenging.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
Singleton has made all the right political moves given his complicated circumstances, but he hasn't really made a movie of them.
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