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Although Ivory Tower makes it clear that there isn't enough room in a 90-minute film to tackle spiraling student loan debt, it also serves as a compelling call for deeper investigation. Read critic reviews

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As tuition spirals upward and student debt passes a trillion dollars, students and parents begin to wonder if college is worth the expense.

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  • What makes "Ivory Tower" interesting is how it looks at not just the debt but the causes behind it, and other problems besetting higher education.

    July 10, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A groaning table of food for thought - almost too much for one movie, though presented with remarkable deftness.

    June 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • "Ivory Tower" makes a persuasive case that the gravest epidemic that's spreading from college campuses isn't student-loan debt but attention-deficit disorder.

    June 26, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One of the most interesting discoveries is that it's not just students who are in debt. In the spirit of competitiveness, colleges have had to up the ante.

    June 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Rossi gives us a survey course when what we need is a seminar; the movie is a useful "What's Wrong With College 101" but the advanced study remains to be done.

    June 19, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Though the filmmakers take on too much in 90 minutes, they pass the test by convincing us that something needs to be done to end this financial nightmare, which can cost $60,000 per year per student.

    June 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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