80

Chicago Reader

By Lisa Alspector
This moving story is full of breathtaking compositions, gorgeous spectacle, and inspiring philosophies articulated by sympathetic figures.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Annaud (The Lover, The Name of the Rose, Quest for Fire) may be, with all due respect to Stanley Kubrick, the most talented adapter of literary source material in recent film history. Seven Years confirms his mastery by doling out a perfect ratio of moving interpersonal drama and visual enchantment.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie is a star vehicle at heart, aimed more at marketing Pitt's popularity than probing complexities of empire-building and cultural clash that trouble the Tibetan region to this day.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who brought his interest in self-discovery and untamed places to Quest for Fire, The Lover, and the IMAX 3-D film Wings of Courage, is at his best re-creating the serene exoticism of the Dalai Lama's Tibet. But the spark of the holy that the Dalai Lama lights in Harrer flickers only fitfully in all the wind in this production.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Seven Years in Tibet, however flawed, has feeling and purpose. It bears witness.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Seven Years in Tibet is an ambitious and beautiful movie with much to interest the patient viewer, but it makes the common mistake of many films about travelers and explorers: It is more concerned with their adventures than with what they discover.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Annaud's desire to create an epic tale actually harms the production, since it results in unnecessary scenes that pad the running length to more than two hours.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Pitt isn't a bad actor, but he's way out of his depth and never disappears into the character -- a selfish rogue who gets a jolt of enlightenment at the feet of the Dalai Lama -- the way a superior actor like Daniel Day-Lewis might have.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Unfortunately, this visually sumptuous epic is the very definition of a "prestige production," swaddled in good taste and better intentions.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Becky Johnston ( "The Prince of Tides" ) did creditable work on the screenplay, but there are times when this story about a truly rotten fellow seems to be one big jump cut.
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55 out of 100
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