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Higher Learning Reviews

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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.
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
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
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.
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.
December 6, 2005
There's some nice ideas and realistically felt characters here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2005
Another tour-de-force for Singleton
| Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2004
John Singleton at his most pretentious and preachy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2003
...John Singleton's third (and best) film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2003
Flawed but often arresting drama
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2003
Almost unwatchable.
| Original Score: 0/5
May 25, 2002
A flawed endeavor... but still an entertaining and thought-provoking film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 68/100
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
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Despite excesses and missteps, there is still a wealth of digestible, thought-provoking material in Higher Learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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