80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
As Kumaré plays out, both Gandhi and the film become something else, something much more thoughtful and moving. It is, as he puts it, the biggest lie he has ever told and the greatest truth he has ever known.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
When Vikram Gandhi set out to become a guru, he didn't expect to really become a guru. But that's what happens in his slippery, ambiguous, tense and finally moving Kumaré, which is officially termed a documentary but could also be considered as the video corollary to a thorny work of performance art.
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75

New York Post

Gandhi is talented enough, and compassionate enough, that his tour of the human need to believe in something becomes not just mocking, but touching.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

In a sense, the deception he practices on his followers is contemptible, but in another sense, they're all in it together. The film's implication seems to be: It doesn't matter if a religion's teachings are true. What matters is if you think they are.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A goal of this practical program of discipline and reflection is to cultivate an inner guru so that you don't need someone like Kumaré.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Kumaré has a premise that could've been the launching point for one of Sascha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles's satirical outrages.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Predictably, the documentary got a rousing reception at hipster-laden SXSW; real people might find it a touch easy.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

If they handed out a best actor Oscar for documentaries this year, the striking Vikram Gandhi of Kumare would be a shoo-in. His performance of a guru is so spot-on that it fools every one of his new followers into believing he's the real deal, not someone out to prove that their faith in him is nothing more than a sham.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Gandhi tries to dodge criticism of his mocking scam by rationalizing that even a phony wise man can offer real solace.
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25

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
What is offensive is how the masquerade punks these other people - and to no seeming purpose, other than to provide Gandhi with footage for this documentary.
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60 out of 100
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