City So Real: Miniseries (2020)


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City So Real

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An epic portrait of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a diverse and divided community, City So Real's even handed, empathetic storytelling exposes the complex structural issues facing the people of Chicago today without ever feeling like work.

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16)

City So Real arrives with the message that no matter what happens in any one election, it's going to take a lot more than that one election to determine the future.

Nov 4, 2020 | Full Review…
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City So Real could have been a deeply dry look at the candidates, but James and his team are constantly placing them against the greater backdrop of the city and its people.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Responsible to the historic moment yet enthralling in a minute-by-minute capacity few unscripted or scripted TV series can earn, Steve James' latest is a flat-out must-see.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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In showing them as they are, instead of the nefarious agents of mass deception that the president would have us believe, "City So Real" ends up performing a quietly radical act of service.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Throughout "City So Real" another story emerges, that of a city in which half the power structure and citizenry wonders what happened to the old guard and the niceties, while the other half pushes ahead with different agendas.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Like all the best documentaries, it leaves with you as many questions as answers and a healthy inkling that every person represents a pair of shoes in which you haven't walked.

Nov 9, 2020 | Full Review…

James might have explored the travails of Chicago with more substance if he had not tried to keep City So Real so safe.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

City So Real isn't a tapestry, it's a mess.

Nov 13, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A noble, heartfelt, and eye-opening look at the American city, matching the scope of Frederick Wiseman's recent scoping of a similarly fractious Boston in "City Hall," but giving it more of a human pulse.

Oct 30, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

So many stories. Class, race, geography. So many desires, hope, fear, rivalries, love, so many aspirants, so many bull----ers; so much bloodsport in politics and real estate and faith, too: in community and the possibility of change.

Oct 28, 2020 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

As to be expected from Steve James, City So Real is a masterful examination of a people, a place, and a culture.

Oct 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Sprawling, sophisticated and yet deeply focussed, this is a master work of precision and scope, and an instant classic in the political documentary genre.

Jul 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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