Higher Learning Synopsis
Racial tensions between blacks and white supremacists divide freshmen college students.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Higher Learning is seriously intended and seriously flawed. Singleton tends to shout his objectives. But in an era of cop-out escapism, it...
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San Francisco Examiner

Still, Singleton's willingness to take risks makes this a worthy, thoughtful film. Especially noteworthy: His sensitive handling of a love...
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TV Guide

Singleton gets points for exposing the hypocrisy of "politically correct" institutions, but stilted dialogue and cardboard...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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By James Berardinelli
When this movie is quiet and introspective, it speaks with a clear voice. That insight gets muddled, however, the more forceful Singleton...
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
John Singleton stumbles badly with a terribly awkward but well-intentioned drama about political correctness and race at a contemporary...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Higher Learning starts out as a liberal message movie, but it turns into a demagogic rabble-rouser, a shrewdly incendiary exploitation of...
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Higher Learning: John Singleton's ambitious potpourri of on-campus tensions - date rape, black power, white supremacy - all too quickly...
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Wall Street Journal

Higher Learning put me in mind of a long lecture by a well-meaning but dull professor. What he has to say may be worthwhile, but it's...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Higher Learning says nothing new or challenging and is too naive to inspire controversy.
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Rape is not a bad thing I guess....

By dwissba68
So let me ask you what you think is worse. A black woman being called a "black *****," or a white woman getting raped? John Singleton seems to think getting called a black ***** is the worst thing...

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Rated R