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Starving the Beast

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Important but sometimes dry docu about higher education.

Movie NR 2016 95 minutes
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This is an important film, if not necessarily always a compelling one. The subject is certainly thought-provoking: Expect to be riled up watching the machinations of "disruptors" who want to change the university model, with little regard to -- or perhaps awareness of -- the consequences of that change. But any outrage or anger the documentary might provoke is lessened by its somewhat aloof, dry execution. Documentaries have a hard job, and sometimes the subject matter is dense and knotty. Starving the Beast is no exception. Unfortunately, the film can't quite rise above the difficult material. Still, it's worth watching if you have an interest in education -- or a teenager who might be heading to college.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 9, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: March 17, 2017
  • Director: Steve Mims
  • Studio: Violet Crown Films
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: March 30, 2022

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