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Amid all the hand-wringing about student debt, Mims offers a jolt of chilling clarity.
Academics used to joke that campus politics were so vicious because the stakes were so small. That's no longer the case, at least where the stakes are concerned, as "Starving the Beast" makes clear.
It contains big insights for those who wade in - and helps lay the groundwork for debates.
[Mims'] film goes far ... thanks not just to his thorough research, but also a strong narrative and compelling cinematography.
A polished and provocative documentary about debates over funding -- or defunding -- state colleges and universities.
"Starving the Beast" is ... a worthwhile documentary. Learning isn't always fun, but that doesn't make it any less valuable.
Starving the Beast is a standout documentary due to its ability to educate and infuriate while still understanding that this is just one aspect of an ongoing debate about the size and role of government.
This film is about the little-known national battle between the idea of education being a service to benefit the nation provided by governments, or education being a commodity sold to the few who can afford it.
By and large, Mims and Banowsky succeed and anyone who believes in the sanctity of knowledge, and the role of public schools to make its pure pursuit accessible to anyone so willing, will feel blood start to boil.
Mims doesn't shy away from the complexity of the issue, and tries to maintain an even hand in interviewing all sides of the debate.
Starving the Beast does an admirable job of making even the most arcane of arguments and abstruse alliances plain and clear.
I found Starving the Beast a simultaneous triumph of content and a failure of form. It simply didn't engage me.
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