If You Build It Reviews

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October 10, 2018
It's joyful upon seeing the kids realize there's a humanitarian angle to all this and discover they can do more than what the run-down surroundings dictate to them.
May 15, 2014
Unorthodox shop class says if you build it, it will mean something to you
March 14, 2014
You'll be happy you saw this film.
March 7, 2014
An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary from director Patrick Creadon, best known for 2008's I.O.U.S.A., which chronicled America's less-than-healthy fiscal condition.
February 28, 2014
This stirring, wonderful documentary follows two idealistic, tenacious young architects arriving in the deep South to teach rural high school kids to design and build.
February 27, 2014
The film is about innovation inside and outside the classroom and the transformative power of good teaching.
February 27, 2014
[Creadon] probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off.
February 23, 2014
This is a compelling narrative both in its own terms and as a metaphor of many of the core themes and conflicts in America today.
February 21, 2014
At its core, If You Build It isolates the power of a hands-on education and consideration for the greater good.
February 20, 2014
A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary about a group of high school students who discover their inner architects over the course of an academic year.
January 31, 2014
Inspiring docu shows young people capable of great things.
January 24, 2014
A bittersweet exploration of outreach and advocacy [that] illustrates the benefits of the practical application of alternative education, and the ripple effects it can create for a community.
January 23, 2014
The film proves not only a stirring look at education's potential to rally and invigorate but also a vital snapshot of contemporary rural America.
January 11, 2014
...[it reminds] us of the wonders that can be accomplished simply by rolling up your sleeves and getting to work.
January 10, 2014
Unfortunately, as with so many social-survey documentaries, the film's macro view comes at the expense of any microcosmic depth.
January 10, 2014
That one comes away with so many questions speaks to the film's inspirational quality.
January 10, 2014
The scattered pieces come together to form a thoughtful examination of the need to keep students engaged with education, and the challenges that arise in attempting anything against the grain.
January 9, 2014
More informative than emotional, the documentary catches some of the angst involved in such an undertaking, but always appears to be engaging with the subjects at a respectful arm's length.
January 9, 2014
This honest and engrossing film shows how ingenuity and spark can restore excitement in education. That goal needs every helping hand it can get.
January 8, 2014
Credit goes to Creadon for venturing beyond the classroom to look at how the teachers and students manage small victories despite limited resources.
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