If You Build It Reviews

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 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 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 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 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
Not that Mr. Miller, Ms. Pilloton and their budding brainstormers don't deserve it, but the film's style ultimately makes this feel more like a firm pat on the back than a richly conveyed experience.
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.
January 7, 2014
Director Patrick Creadon collects rich material but builds a rickety structure.