90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Unmistaken Child stands above most others in offering us an intimate look at Tibetan Buddhism in action, with no external commentary or narration.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Its privileged glimpse deep into unfamiliar spiritual territory has the strength of revelation.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
I hope they have shrinks in remote Nepal, because this kid is going to need one. P.S.: The scenery is awesome.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This documentary is only partly a story of the chosen one; mainly, and more intriguingly, it's a chronicle of the choosing one, of the nervous young monk charged with the job of leading the search party.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Unmistaken Child stands as a window on a beautiful and mysterious world. The questions it leaves hanging are for us to untangle.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A compelling documentary.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Seldom has a film presented such a richly ambiguous juxtaposition of modernity (among the toys showered on the boy is a really cool radio-controlled helicopter), ancient mindset and, to be sure, possible miraculousness.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Baratz doesn't ask any of the obvious questions, preferring to observe uncritically, and if you can do the same, you may find Unmistaken Child worth seeing. I could not, and grew restless.
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50

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
Although the film is handsomely filmed and features a surprisingly frank view of the political machinations within the upper ranks of Tibetan Buddhism – even the Dalai Lama comes across as a bit of a wheeler-dealer – Unmistaken Child is more than a little disappointing.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Who knew reincarnation could be such a lovely snooze?
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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