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A glimpse of local government at work that's as patiently observant as it is engrossing, City Hall adds another insightful gem to master documentarian Frederick Wiseman's filmography. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman examines the rich history of Boston City Hall.

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  • A reminder that government, for all of its speed bumps and snags, can work. It can help. The people running it just have to want it to.

    February 15, 2021 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • On its surface, in so many ways, City Hall could read as an endorsement. But politics aren't that simple -- and Wiseman's movie most certainly isn't, either.

    November 13, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • What Frederick Wiseman has been doing for all these years and in all these films is trying to make art of decency and process. In the good ones, he's succeeded. "City Hall" is one of the very good ones.

    November 9, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Frederick Wiseman's documentary offers a hopeful look at political institutions.

    November 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • While the phrase "required viewing" gets thrown around a lot, I cannot think of another film that plainly and comprehensively lays bare the both the complex apparatus at work, and the people dedicated to serving its populace.

    November 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At 4 1/2 hours, "City Hall" is a demanding film. But it rewards that commitment with an experience that is both hypnotically beautiful and subtly encouraging.

    November 4, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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