At Berkeley

Critics Consensus

Its generous running time will test less forbearing viewers' patience, but for filmgoers seeking more of director Frederick Wiseman's observant brand of documentary, At Berkeley satisfies.

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The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, is also one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. The film, AT BERKELEY, shows the major aspects of university life, its intellectual and social mission, its obligation to the state and to larger ideas of higher education, as well as illustrates how decisions are made and implemented by the administration in collaboration with its various constituencies. (c) Zipporah

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Critic Reviews for At Berkeley

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (21)

  • Wiseman is fearless about letting people speak long and uninterrupted and the truth is no longer reduced to cheap soundbites. Instead a slow picture builds of a California institution unlike any other.

    Sep 12, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Frederick Wiseman brings his insightful and layered filmmaking to one of America's most liberal institutions.

    Sep 11, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At Berkeley earns credit for documenting a distinctly articulate community.

    Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film contains numerous scenes showing higher education at its best.. But these moments are gradually overwhelmed by scenes of administrators dealing with an ongoing budget crisisdealing with an ongoing budget crisis.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The fragility of public education looms in the background of every scene, but, as always, Wiseman proves a wizard at shutting up and listening and learning.

    Jan 2, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A film is not just about intent. It is also an experience, and this is where "At Berkeley" becomes an iffy proposition.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for At Berkeley

  • Sep 09, 2013
    The camera work isn't the issue. I hate to be a contrary to the critics but I found the subject matter to be dull and slightly depressing. The scene of some of the most monumental protests of the 60s is now a university like all the rest with the same dull discussions on direction and even dull protesters.
    John B Super Reviewer

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