Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower (2014)

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley,… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 30, 2014
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although Ivory Tower makes it clear that there isn't enough room in a 90-minute film to tackle spiraling student loan debt, it also serves as a compelling call for deeper investigation.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

What makes "Ivory Tower" interesting is how it looks at not just the debt but the causes behind it, and other problems besetting higher education.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

One of the most interesting discoveries is that it's not just students who are in debt. In the spirit of competitiveness, colleges have had to up the ante.

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Christopher Null
Film Racket

I'm just as perplexed now as I was before watching the movie.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A groaning table of food for thought - almost too much for one movie, though presented with remarkable deftness.

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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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sobering documentary on the spiraling high tuition in America's colleges.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Ivory Tower" makes a persuasive case that the gravest epidemic that's spreading from college campuses isn't student-loan debt but attention-deficit disorder.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

Though the filmmakers take on too much in 90 minutes, they pass the test by convincing us that something needs to be done to end this financial nightmare, which can cost $60,000 per year per student.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This film makes a convincing argument that the higher education system in America is headed toward collapse. Financing the system largely with student debt is unsustainable.

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