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At Berkeley Reviews

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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
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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
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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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David Denby
New Yorker
November 25, 2013
No other filmed portrait of higher education matches this one for hard-nosed insight, comprehensiveness, sympathy, and hope.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 14, 2013
"At Berkeley" is the 38th in Mr. Wiseman's series of films about contemporary institutions; as always, he finds symbolic resonance in seemingly random observations.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
November 14, 2013
If you're willing to go where Wiseman takes you, and on his terms, it might feel like a late-career near-masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 8, 2013
I wouldn't lose a minute of At Berkeley. If anything, it made me wish Wiseman had a weekly TV show that monitored the daily life of my alma mater.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 8, 2013
The fierce, questing intelligence of these students and educators is a perfect match for Wiseman's own.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 8, 2013
If only everything were interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 7, 2013
Mr. Wiseman has made his share of grim documentaries in which people are processed and oppressed by bureaucracy. "At Berkeley" is not one.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 5, 2013
There's a fair amount of redundancy here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 5, 2013
Footage of road-paving construction subtly mirrors Wiseman's depiction of the way in which the university constantly reinvents and renews itself - logistically, politically, intellectually - through constant, engaged dialogue and debate.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 13, 2013
This unblinking study of academia offers a summation of sorts of Frederick Wiseman's exceptional career.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2013
A sometimes fascinating, sometimes not, four-hour visit to the Berkeley campus offers insights into what the great, sprawling public university is today.
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
September 13, 2013
Why do we learn, how do we learn, and what is learning worth? Complex, absorbing, and pointed, At Berkeley is an exhilarating examination of the "education machine."
Full Review | Original Score: a