The College Admissions Scandal

2019

The College Admissions Scandal

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The College Admissions Scandal follows two wealthy mothers, Caroline (Penelope Ann Miller), a sought after interior designer and Bethany (Mia Kirshner), an owner of a successful financial services firm, who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college. When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer (Michael Shanks) offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, Caroline and Bethany willingly partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads. But when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, the mothers who risked everything for their kids, must face the consequences of their crimes and the loss of trust and respect from their families.

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Critic Reviews for The College Admissions Scandal

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  • Obviously, this is a bit of a hasty cut-and-paste job. Yet at its best, the movie effectively illustrates the cynical calculus that these parents made, as well as the rationalizations employed to justify their actions.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • It's less an oily TV movie than an afterschool special for adults. You won't learn anything knew, but you may delight in witnessing a few insecure idiots get flushed down the toilet.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's unfortunately much too little about the real victims here-the hundreds of kids those spots belonged to in the first place, which they were robbed of due to a heartless mercenary conspiracy rooted in class privilege.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Gwen Ihnat

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  • The crimes here seem heinous because they subvert meritocracy, and this Lifetime movie-with its strokes of low-brow expressionism, inadvertently funny production values, clever lead performances-converts the news story into an exhilarating nightmare.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lifetime had The College Admissions Scandal plotted and cast by the time Aunt Becky perp-walked into the courthouse smiling and signing autographs. They hammed it up in glorious fashion, too.

    Oct 14, 2019 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…
  • What saves The College Admission Scandal from total camp is [Penelope Ann] Miller, who really rings true as a mom who loves her son and is deeply ashamed about what she's done.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 7.0/10 | Full Review…

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