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  • Summary: First-term freshmen get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality in a bold look at contemporary college life. (Sony Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 80
    Higher Learning is John Singleton's interracial state of today's campuses version of School Daze minus the musical numbers. Surprisingly, it's just as much a gang movie if not more than Boyz 'n the Hood.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    Singleton gets points for exposing the hypocrisy of "politically correct" institutions, but stilted dialogue and cardboard characterizations undermine the message.
  3. 75
    Singleton's film is interesting for a lot of reasons, but especially because he stands outside this campus system and looks at it with a detached eye.
  4. Aiming at a microcosm of American life comparable in some ways to Do the Right Thing, Singleton can't quite justify or explicate his parting message ("unlearn"), but his passion is exemplary.
  5. 50
    Higher Learning: John Singleton's ambitious potpourri of on-campus tensions - date rape, black power, white supremacy - all too quickly lapses into pandering preachiness. [17 Feb 1995, p.4D]
  6. Higher Learning starts out as a liberal message movie, but it turns into a demagogic rabble-rouser, a shrewdly incendiary exploitation of these wayward days of rage.
  7. Higher Learning says nothing new or challenging and is too naive to inspire controversy.

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  1. Feb 24, 2013
    8
    Higher Learning is a very bold film, that shows the paths of 3 college freshman and how they develop socially during their first semester inHigher Learning is a very bold film, that shows the paths of 3 college freshman and how they develop socially during their first semester in college. They start out as a group of naive kids, who don't even understand themselves, and develop into different persona's that fit the group of friends they choose to fall in with. It's really interesting to see how 3 people, who are all in the same boat, wind up on such different paths, simply as a result of who they choose to spend their time with. I can't really say much more, but eventually their paths will cross with some very interesting results! Expand

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