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Higher Learning Reviews

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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
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.
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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