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Ivory Tower (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through interviews profiled at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and Sebastian Thrun's Udacity-among several others-IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. Along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women's college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. (C) Samuel Goldwyn
Rating:
PG-13 (for some suggestive and partying images)
Genre:
Documentary
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Box Office:
$99,555.00
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Cast

Kari Wuhrer
as Karen Clay
James Wilder
as Jarvis Cone
Patrick Van Horn
as Anthony Daytona
Michael Ironside
as Marshall Wallace
Donna Pescow
as Bonnie Benitez
Keith Coogan
as Russ Dyerson
Michael Greene
as Walter Felice
Ian Buchanan
as Andy Pallack
Brian Reddy
as Bob Martell
Garrett Wang
as Mark Burton
Richard Cody
as Steven Leer
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Critic Reviews for Ivory Tower

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A groaning table of food for thought - almost too much for one movie, though presented with remarkable deftness.

June 26, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

"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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ivory Tower

Highlights the real issues most people face with the higher education system currently in place. Recommend to anyone who is going to college or intends to pay for somebody going to college. Must see.

Violet Siegius
Violet Siegius
½

An engaging look at the troubling state of American higher education, how we got here and how we might get out of it. Despite the absence of ready-made answers and a tendency to keep from going for the jugular as much as it could (or should) have, the film nevertheless gives us pause to assess where we're at, what we want out of our educational system and some clues on how to fix it.

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