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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, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through interviews profiled at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and Sebastian Thrun's Udacity-among several others-IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Ivory Tower is a competent, slickly-produced documentary that takes a hard look at the cost and perceived benefits of higher education in the United States."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"The complex material could use a sharper focus, yet the film takes an even-handed approach and serves its primary purpose effectively - to cause people to think and take action about an issue that could get worse before it gets better."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"There's a new horror film being released today in American cinemas. It's called "Ivory Tower". No monsters abound here, no fire-breathing dragons --- just frightening facts about the high cost of a college education."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"A groaning table of food for thought - almost too much for one movie, though presented with remarkable deftness."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Rossi turns the spotlight on higher education and asks, in light of over one trillion (with a "t") dollars in national student loan debt, is college worth the cost?"
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"'Ivory Tower' is one of those call-to-arms documentaries that gets you fired up about a social problem and then proceeds to bum you out as it slowly reveals there is no clear solution to fix it."
‑ Mathew DeKinder, Suburban Journals of St. Louis
"A timely new doc that dissects the cultural assumption that a college education remains a modern necessity at all costs."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
""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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"Comes away with ten times more questions than answers. As it should."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A shocking and disturbing look at higher education in the U.S., "Ivory Tower" does an excellent job exposing the many problems facing universities, and more importantly, students who wish to attend them."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"The treatment...is rather scattershot, but even if some of the targets get only glancing blows and others are ignored almost entirely, 'Ivory Tower' provides lots of food for thought."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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