If You Build It


Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. 75
    An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Feb 27, 2014
    If this blend of community service, innovative teaching, and creative approach to design and construction sounds idealistic, the film’s final scenes deliver enough stress and sweat to show that idealism takes hard work, too.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Feb 27, 2014
    Director Patrick Creadon, who in 2006 made the entertaining "Wordplay," about crossword fanatics, probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 20, 2014
    A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jan 10, 2014
    Less a polemic than a portrait, If You Build It celebrates the flinty spirit that spurs problem solving and creativity (sometimes at the same time) with people not dedicated to a cause, but to people.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 23, 2014
    The film proves not only a stirring look at education's potential to rally and invigorate but also a vital snapshot of contemporary rural America.

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