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Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage
June 22, 2016
It's difficult to say that this isn't exactly the picture Wiseman wanted to make, flaws and all.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
September 12, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
September 12, 2014
For once, Wiseman seems to be pushing a message, as he warns that a society that devalues learning will fatally undermine itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
September 11, 2014
At the venerable age of 84, documentary maven Wiseman hasn't lost his touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
September 11, 2014
Hypnotically edited and intellectually stimulating, At Berkeley doesn't feel a minute too long, even at four hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jordan Cronk
Little White Lies
September 11, 2014
Frederick Wiseman brings his insightful and layered filmmaking to one of America's most liberal institutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Johnston
Total Film
September 8, 2014
Think a four-hour, narrative-free documentary in which we peep in on board meetings and lectures with unnamed bigwigs at one of America's most prestigious universities sounds boring? Well you'd be right about that, as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Hannah McGill
The List
September 8, 2014
This is particularly useful stuff for anyone who works in higher education, and for documentary makers, but it holds rewards for anyone with the time and the stamina to take it on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2014
It's not one of Wiseman's most memorable films, nor his most subtle, nor his most timeless, but it is one of his sharpest and most resonant thematic works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
February 28, 2014
"At Berkeley" is an epic watch, but you certainly come out of there feeling like you've learned a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
January 17, 2014
At Berkeley earns credit for documenting a distinctly articulate community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Dunks
Junkee
January 13, 2014
It's amazing how captivating all four hours are, and I wasn't able to take my eyes off of it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 9, 2014
We can feel our IQ rising in the four hours we spend exploring the kaleidoscope of thought.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2014
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 2, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
December 23, 2013
Creates interesting juxtapositions between the differing concerns and pursuits of the faculty and student body, but your butt and your brain may find the excessive runtime equally punishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 19, 2013
As much as the film observes its diverse participants, it persistently poses smart questions and provocative metaphors through editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 5, 2013
A film is not just about intent. It is also an experience, and this is where "At Berkeley" becomes an iffy proposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 5, 2013
Anyone who cares about documentary filmmaking, or about the state of public higher education, will find themselves quietly dazzled by the picture Wiseman paints here, in small dabs.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
December 4, 2013
The observations coalesce into a cogent whole, providing insights that are never overtly stated.
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