At Berkeley

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  1. Nov 21, 2013
    3
    I don't know whether it's because those who reviewed this movie feel inadequate because they didn't go to college, but never have I seen a movie that is four hours in length actually seem like it was four years long, the duration of the undergraduate program there. This could EASILY have been a 90 minute infomercial, but instead they must have used every single frame and B roll that wasI don't know whether it's because those who reviewed this movie feel inadequate because they didn't go to college, but never have I seen a movie that is four hours in length actually seem like it was four years long, the duration of the undergraduate program there. This could EASILY have been a 90 minute infomercial, but instead they must have used every single frame and B roll that was shot. Nothing was additive about scenes of lawn mowing, bike riding, empty hallways, or people sweeping or blowing leaves... Expand
  2. Jan 21, 2014
    8
    Very good, classic Wiseman fly-on-the-wall documentary that covers many different aspects of UC-Berkeley. I wasn't very familiar with the instituation and now have a good feeling for it. I love that Wiseman doesn't restrict himself by making films too short, however this one is just SO long. It doesn't feel bloated, but unfortunately I just don't have the time/patience for one four-hourVery good, classic Wiseman fly-on-the-wall documentary that covers many different aspects of UC-Berkeley. I wasn't very familiar with the instituation and now have a good feeling for it. I love that Wiseman doesn't restrict himself by making films too short, however this one is just SO long. It doesn't feel bloated, but unfortunately I just don't have the time/patience for one four-hour sitting. Overall very good film that is limited by time-based inaccessibility. Definitely a top 4 doc of the year for me (At Berkeley > The Square, Leviathan, Stories We Tell, We Steal Secrets, First Cousin, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, The Gatekeepers, God Loves Uganda, After Tiller, Inequality for All, etc -- the only 3 I liked better: The Act of Killing, The Crash Reel and A Place at the Table) Expand

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Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 8, 2014
    80
    At the venerable age of 84, documentary maven Wiseman hasn't lost his touch.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jan 2, 2014
    75
    At Berkeley earns credit for documenting a distinctly articulate community.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 5, 2013
    50
    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.