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'At Berkeley' the Latest Addition to The Best Documentaries of 2013, According to the Criticwire Network

By Steve Greene and Eric Kohn | Indiewire November 15, 2013 at 9:22AM

Nature, history, memory, danger, art, love, music and...minotaurs: you'll find all of them on the list of the best documentaries of the year so far (as reviewed by the members of the Criticwire Network).
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Class Time in Frederick Wiseman's 'At Berkeley'
Class Time in Frederick Wiseman's 'At Berkeley'

Throughout the year, Indiewire updates a master list of the highest-rated indie films released in 2013 according to members of our Criticwire Network. The following supplementary list singles out the top-rated documentaries that have an average of B+ or higher.

In order to be eligible for this list, a film must have received grades from at least ten critics in the network. Head to a film page to browse reviews and other information pertaining to each film. (Grade totals that have changed since the last update are listed in italics.)

1. The Act of Killing (Film Page), directed by Joshua Oppenheimer (2012 Telluride Film Festival; July 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: (48 grades)

2. The Square (Al Midan) (Film Page), directed by Jehane Noujaim (2013 Sundance Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A (12 grades)

3. Stories We Tell (Film Page), directed by Sarah Polley (2012 Venice Film Festival; May 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (64 grades)

4. Leviathan (Film Page), directed by Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (2012 Locarno International Film Festival; March theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (47 grades)

5. The Gatekeepers (Film Page), directed by Dror Moreh (2012 Telluride Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (40 grades)

6. After Tiller (Film Page), directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson (2013 Sundance Film Festival; September 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (26 grades)

6. Twenty Feet from Stardom (Film Page), directed by Morgan Neville (2013 Sundance Film Festival; June 2013 theatrical release) 
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (26 grades)

8. Cutie and the Boxer (Film Page), directed by Zachary Heinzerling (2013 Sundance Film Festival; August 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (22 grades)

9. La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (Film Page), directed by Mark Kendall (2012 SXSW Film Festival; May 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (21 grades)

10. Dirty Wars (Film Page), directed by Rick Rowley (2013 Sundance Film Festival; June 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (16 grades)

11. Call Me Kuchu (Film Page), directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall (2012 Berlin International Film Festival; June 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (12 grades)

11. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (Film Page), directed by Sophie Fiennes (2012 Toronto International Film Festival; November 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (12 grades)

13. At Berkeley (Film Page), directed by Frederick Wiseman (2013 Venice Film Festival; November 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (11 grades)

13. High Tech, Low Life (Film Page), directed by Stephen Maing (2012 Tribeca Film Festival; January 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (11 grades)

13. Muscle Shoals (Film Page), directed by Greg Camalier (2013 Sundance Film Festival; September 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (11 grades)

16. 56 Up (Film Page), directed by Michael Apted (January 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: A- (10 grades)

17. Room 237 (Film Page), directed by Rodney Ascher (2012 Sundance Film Festival; March 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (93 grades)

18. Blackfish (Film Page), directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (2013 Sundance Film Festival; July 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (24 grades)

19. A Band Called Death (Film Page), directed by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett (2012 LA Film Festival; June 2013 release date)
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (18 grades)

19. Sound City (Film Page), directed by Dave Grohl (2013 Sundance Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release) 
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (18 grades)

19. We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (Film Page), Alex Gibney (2013 Sundance Film Festival; May 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (18 grades)

22. Our Nixon (Film Page), directed by Penny Lane (2013 IFFR; September 2013 theatrical release date)
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (17 grades)

23. God Loves Uganda (Film Page), directed by Roger Ross Williams (2013 Sundance Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (13 grades)

23. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Film Page), directed by Sophie Huber (2012 Venice Film Festival; September 2013 theatrical release) 
Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (13 grades)


This article is related to: The Act of Killing, Stories We Tell, Leviathan, The Gatekeepers, 20 Feet From Stardom, Blackfish, Cutie and the Boxer, After Tiller, La Camioneta - The Journey of One American School Bus, Dirty Wars, Call Me Kuchu, High Tech, Low Life, Room 237, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, A Band Called Death, Our Nixon, Sound City, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, Documentary, Best Documentaries of the Year, Documentaries 2013, At Berkeley






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