Kundun Synopsis
From childhood until his exile, Tibet's 14th dalai lama deals with upheavals and Chinese oppression.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Whether Kundun is a perfect movie or not, it's an important and beautiful one. Scorsese's movie takes us into a world we've rarely seen...
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
A great film about a good man.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Brilliant. [24 December 1997, p. 24]
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Taking great commercial risks, director Martin Scorsese avoids movie-star performances and the psychological storytelling that Hollywood...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Stunning, odd, glorious, calm and sensationally absorbing.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Stately but static. [23 December 1997, p.3D]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It provides a deep spirituality, but denies the Dalai Lama humanity; he is permitted certain little human touches, but is essentially an...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Most of the film is dull and soporific. Breathtaking photography without emotional involvement can take an audience only so far.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Martin Scorsese is certainly one of the great living movie directors. Sadly, this does not mean he can't make a mistake. Kundun is a...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
At once spectacular and inert -- a mosaic impersonating a movie; an empty-shell epic.
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Rated PG-13 | For Violent Images