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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. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman documents the vigorous debate over tuition hikes and budget cuts at one of America's pre-eminent universities.

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Critic Reviews for At Berkeley

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (7)

  • Indeed, in its implicit defense of educational democracy, At Berkeley is doubly didactic and one of Wiseman's most passionate films.

    February 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 12, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At the venerable age of 84, documentary maven Wiseman hasn't lost his touch.

    September 11, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Frederick Wiseman brings his insightful and layered filmmaking to one of America's most liberal institutions.

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

    January 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.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…

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  • 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.
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