Samsara Synopsis
A journey around the world explores themes of birth, death and rebirth through pictures and music.
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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...
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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...
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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

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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...
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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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Visual Feast

By pedsarq
What a great visual experience! This film moves from one magnificent scene to another, always leaving you amazed and wanting more. There are plenty of scenes involving nature, rituals, busy cities,...

A visual, thought-provoking feast

By paulbohman
The cinematography is exquisite. The themes are presented without dialog, only with the haunting and beautiful musical score. There is a narrative to it all, but it is such a wide open narrative that...

Samsra

By peach.don
Love this film. Most people won't bother. There is no real story line. It's some of the best photography and music ever put to film. Hitting 25 countries with the best camera work I've ever seen. It...

Perfect mix of film, art, and social/political commentary - Absolutely stunning images

By travisma
It is not often that an audience sits for 100mins transfixed without a word. This is the first film I have seen in a long time that may have actually altered my perception of the world and how I / we...

waste of time and money

By cargo216
yes, there were some stunning scenery images - not enough though - but then it turned into a bizarre trip to Chinese manufacturing plants and slaughterhouses. what was the connection between these?...

Samsara

By anandnadh
The director has shown his audience a cosmic picture of existence. A man of visions and enlightenment. The picture is taken with utmost care and intricacy. Has subtler dimensions to it for those who...

A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES THE VISUAL; NOT ONE WORD IS SPOKEN BUT IT IS A GLORIOUS CREATION; ONE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET! THE WORLD VIEWED THROUGH THE EYES OF MASTER FILMMAKERS!

By Peneflix
It is daunting to choose a resonating scene, they are all meaningful, mesmerizing, memory-binding; but seeing the "inmates" performing in perfect harmony; a pristine Frenchman transform himself from...

MUST SEE!!!

By baritenor
This is the very definition of fine cinema. I don't think anyone going to this film would know what to expect going in, but let me tell you: BRILLIANCE. It's an odd exploration of the wheel of...

Images

By hanging rock
Just enjoy the images you see and don't think...it's art using real footage rather than a documentary....

Unusual and Visually Entertaining.

By Alon Patterson
The minimum expectation for a movie of this sort is entertainment and that is unquestionably delivered by this film maker. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, most will find satisfaction in that...

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Rated NR | For Some Sexual Images and Some Disturbing Images