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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Higher Learning is seriously intended and seriously flawed. Singleton tends to shout his objectives. But in an era of cop-out escapism, it is gratifying to find a filmmaker who is spoiling to be heard. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Higher Learning says nothing new or challenging and is too naive to inspire controversy. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    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] show more

  • 40
    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 delivered with plodding predictability. [12 Jan 1995, p.A12] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    Still, Singleton's willingness to take risks makes this a worthy, thoughtful film. Especially noteworthy: His sensitive handling of a love triangle between Kristen and her boyfriend and Kristen and another woman. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Singleton gets points for exposing the hypocrisy of "politically correct" institutions, but stilted dialogue and cardboard characterizations undermine the message. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    When this movie is quiet and introspective, it speaks with a clear voice. That insight gets muddled, however, the more forceful Singleton becomes. show more

  • 50
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    John Singleton stumbles badly with a terribly awkward but well-intentioned drama about political correctness and race at a contemporary university. [13 Jan 1995, p.B] show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Like an over-ambitious freshman with a term paper, Singleton raises every issue and illuminates none. And, again, this film is better when the combative heat rises, particularly when the long-telegraphed confrontation between Malik and the neo-Nazi finally comes to a (skin)head. [13 Jan 1995, p.C3] show more

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