If You Build It
If You Build It (2014)

From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 10, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2015
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary from director Patrick Creadon, best known for 2008's I.O.U.S.A., which chronicled America's less-than-healthy fiscal condition.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary about a group of high school students who discover their inner architects over the course of an academic year.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Unorthodox shop class says if you build it, it will mean something to you

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Loren King
Boston Globe

The film is about innovation inside and outside the classroom and the transformative power of good teaching.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Patrick Creadon's modest 82-minute documentary is a record of good intentions in action.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

You'll be happy you saw this film.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

[Creadon] probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The film proves not only a stirring look at education's potential to rally and invigorate but also a vital snapshot of contemporary rural America.

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Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

This stirring, wonderful documentary follows two idealistic, tenacious young architects arriving in the deep South to teach rural high school kids to design and build.

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