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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's dull in the precise way that life can be dull. To watch it is like sitting in on a staff meeting, listening to people talk on and on and on. Professors are used to talking nonstop, and in a few cases in At Berkeley it's rather astonishing to hear them repeating the same ideas over and over, instead of just coming to a point and stopping. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    At Berkeley is more than the sum of its minutes. Narration-free and artfully discursive, it's a one-of-a-kind mosaic portrait of a great institution struggling, under dire stress, to retain its essential character at a time of declining support for public education. show more

  • 80
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    At times fascinating, at times not, its in-depth look at the administration, campus, students and faculty offers an insider's view into the way American academia functions. show more

  • 88
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    The observations coalesce into a cogent whole, providing insights that are never overtly stated. show more

  • 88
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    Frederick Wiseman's At Berkeley isn't only a study of the contemporary American university, but, like all of the filmmaker's best documentaries, a wide-ranging inquiry into the larger institutions and contradictions that define life in the United States. show more

  • 88
    Matt Zoller Seitz

    It wants to put you smack-dab in the middle of a particular place during a particular time, and let you marinate in that place and time through quiet montages and long—sometimes very long—scenes. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    At Berkeley earns credit for documenting a distinctly articulate community. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    At Berkeley casts a nonjudgmental eye on everyone from cement layers to students discussing Thoreau to administrators complaining about budgeting. If only everything were interesting. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    At Berkeley works beautifully as a picture of compromised activism; viewers who summon the patience to commit to its indulgences won’t feel shortchanged, even if next year’s freshmen are. show more

  • 60
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    There’s a real fascination in watching the gears of this massive machine grind. Once the student protest comes to dominate the film’s second half, however, things get dicier. show more

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