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Higher Learning

Incoming freshmen get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality in this bold look at contemporary college life.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Theres some nice ideas and realistically felt characters here.

- Brad Laidman, Film Threat, Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fresh: Another tour-de-force for Singleton

- Clint Morris, Moviehole, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Derek Smith, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I remember in late '94 or early '95 when I and about 5 other students were helping out a teacher outside of class in her room, and she asked what our favorite movie is currently. Two said "Higher Learning," two (one of them me) said "Speed," and one said something else. I never saw this movie until 2007, and while I still prefer "Speed," this really was an excellent movie. It deals with so many touchy subjects and is like a coming of age drama/crime film. It reminded me of going to high school and college and the struggles we go through while trying to find ourselves during those times. Definitely see this one.

- stormyweather980, Friday, October 16, 2009

5 stars

Amazing and emotional story of new students at the institute of Columbus University with every black, white, Jew and lesbian neatly slotted into his or her place.

- deano, Tuesday, February 6, 2007

4 stars

Higher 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 personas 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!

- Tss807, Wednesday, March 16, 2011