100

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
With a title taken from an American Indian word for "life out of balance," Godfrey Reggio's wordless documentary lured dreamers into the sacred cave of cinema, where they ingested the serial music of Philip Glass and the time-lapse imagery of cinematographer Ron Fricke.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is the kind of experience you simply sink into.
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75

Slant Magazine

Ron Fricke's film is a brightly hued bauble, fit for rapturous contemplation.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Samsara is gorgeous. And sometimes, depending on expectations, looks are enough.
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63

New York Post

The drawbacks to this often rhapsodically beautiful film lie not in the journey itself, but in the preachy detours taken along the way.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Oddly, there isn't as much originality as you'd expect from a global search for meaning.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
It's a purely sensory journey until the pictures start making editorial comments, in slaughterhouses and garbage dumps.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The film is implicitly advocating a New Age or holistic perspective, with a dollop of Eastern religion added for good measure. (The title is Sanskrit meaning "wheel of life.")
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38

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The result is like an issue of National Geographic gone mad.
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65 out of 100
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