Fail State

2018

Fail State (2018)

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Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, Fail State investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling decades of policy decisions in Washington, DC that have given rise to a powerful and highly predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploited millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them drowning in student loan debt with worthless degrees.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Fail State is dense with information but incorporates just enough intimate, personal portraiture to make itself tragically human.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Shebanow doesn't beat the point into the ground, but he does observe that stock prices for exploitative for-profit schools surged as soon as America elected the figurehead of Trump University to the White House.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Shebanow does an excellent job of laying out the sordid history of the decline of American higher educational systems in "Fail State"...

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] well-paced, chock-full documentary...

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

[Fail State] remains a truly eye-opening and crucial exposé of yet another way, not unlike during last decade's subprime mortgage crisis, that vulnerable Americans get hurt just by trying to better their lives.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The ham-fisted approach undercuts the valuable information that makes up Fail State.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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