• Released
  • June 20, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • Documentary
  • 4 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A man impersonating a wise guru teaches his greatest lesson by revealing his true identity.

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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...
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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,...
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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...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

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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...
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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

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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...
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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...
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