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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Most interesting, to me, is what happened at New York City's Cooper Union, which has charged no tuition since its founding in 1859. Due in part to mismanagement of funds, the school has announced it will start charging tuition, prompting the students to form their own Occupy Movement. This alone deserves a 90-minute documentary. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This insightful doc from director Andrew Rossi addresses topics that get more polarizing each year: the high cost of college, the factors that dictate who’s educated in this country and the culture that surrounds those decisions. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Endlessly stimulating and provoking, Ivory Tower presents a solid overview of an urgent problem that some claim is about to implode and others believe can be worked through with the intelligent application of fresh ideas. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Rossi gives us a survey course when what we need is a seminar; the movie is a useful “What’s Wrong With College 101” but the advanced study remains to be done. show more

  • 63
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    The documentary is more interested in covering all its bases than making sure it fully has its foot on each base. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Chartered to provide both sides of every debate, CNN has positioned itself as the middle ground for discussions of current events. But without a knowledgeable teacher (or filmmaker) to lead such discussions into new territory, they devolve into noisy bull sessions. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    Andrew Rossi’s documentary is a bit scatter shot in its approach. show more

  • 63

    There’s enough interesting, raw material in Ivory Tower to consider but one wishes it was shaped into something more cohesive and pointed in its attack and approach. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    You feel for the potential Wesleyan parent who asks an administrator if his daughter is going to have to move home after graduating: His question is met with an uneasy pause. Crucial stuff. show more

  • 70
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    It's wider than it is deep, but Andrew Rossi's documentary is a good primer on an issue that, in varying degrees, affects almost everyone. show more

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