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Higher Learning Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
For every persuasive insight John Singleton brings to Higher Learning, his thoughtful but flawed movie about multiculturalism and racism, he throws in something equally disappointing.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Higher Learning presents a profoundly uninspired and misguided piece that seems prompted by little more than a desire to make a Big Statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
July 18, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 27, 2004
John Singleton at his most pretentious and preachy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003
Almost unwatchable.
| Original Score: 0/5
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
It's not as dispensable as Singleton's sophomore effort, Poetic Justice, but it's a long way from the assured freshman storytelling of Boyz N the Hood.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
A film which surprisingly embraces the very stereotypes and attitudes which on the surface it claims to reject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
An extremely mixed bag, combining lyrical images and sharp-edged drama with dull cliches and contrivances that border on the ridiculous.
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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.
Pete Croatto
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
Scott Renshaw
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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 68/100
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