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Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

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50

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Typically impressive natural vistas from director Jean-Jacques Annaud (some secretly filmed on location in Tibet) highlight this adaptation of the memoir by Heinrich Harrer. Brad Pitt stars as the arrogant Heinrich, a famed Austrian mountain climber who leaves behind his wife and infant son to head a Himalayan expedition in 1939, only to fall into the hands of Allied forces as a prisoner of war. He and a fellow escapee, Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), make their way to the Forbidden City in

Apr 7, 1998

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (13) | DVD (14)

Pitt is smiling, taking his shirt off, brushing his blond locks with his hands, striking poses against the picturesque scenery--in short, being Brad Pitt.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Part road picture, part epic, and part spiritual journey, Seven Years in Tibet is a beautiful film with a story so typical-yet-unusual that it could only have come from autobiography.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I was expecting the worst -- everyone calls this film "Seven Hours in a Theater." But really, it's pretty good

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: LYTRules.com
LYTRules.com

Failed to convince me that Harrer moved from a self-absorbed bigot to an enlightened being, especially since his memoir never mentioned his Nazi past.

April 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Most will likely forget about Seven Years in Tibet soon after viewing since the filmmakers have focussed on less interesting aspects

March 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

A movie that makes molasses look fast.

February 21, 2003

Ainda tenho aquela sensação de que poderia ter me emocionado muito com esta história.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

An egotistical Austrian undergoes a spiritual transformation through his contact with Tibetan Buddhists.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Annaud and screenwriter Becky Johnston's view of the Tibetans isn't much more sophisticated than James Hilton's depiction of the inhabitants of Shangri-La in 'Lost Horizon': They're mostly serene mystics...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Absolutely beautifully photographed, deeply respectful of Tibetan culture, and more than a bit tedious.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Leaves one strangely unmoved.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

After more than an hour of solemn preparation, we get ... Brad Pitt showing a kid how to drive a car and work a radio. Wow.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

One of the season's more substantial large-scale entertainments, using colorful storytelling and Pitt's appealing presence to spotlight an imperialistic event that continues to cry for correction.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for Seven Years in Tibet

Pitt's terrible Austrian accent and shallow pretty boy role play are hidden as its coincidentally perfect for the jerk he plays, but such happenstance doesn't extend to the film as a whole that tries to convey some spiritual change in the jerk yet fails to do so. Beautiful scenery, wasted.
November 26, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Dazzling locations, swindling heights and breathtaking cinematography. A highly captivating film experience, even if the story lacks a clear and proper goal. We follow an Austrian mountain climber (Brad Pitt) as he embarks on a perilous journey into the isolated heart of Tibet. Pitt does an excellent job with his role, despite the fact that his "Austrian" accent sounds awfully contrived. As previously inclined, there's a lot of water-treading progress-wise, and it could easily have been shortended down by at least 30 min. One thing I really liked though was the music score by John Williams. Much of the time, it stays quite anonymous in the background, but there are parts where it's reminiscent of the work he did for the Indiana Jones movies - which is a big plus point in my book. Had the story only possessed more drive and focus, this could have been a truly great motion picture. But due to mentioned drawbacks, it comes to a stop at the "good, but not amazing"-line on my enjoyment scale. In terms of beauty, however, it's close to being a full-pointer. A scenic pleasure that makes it more than worthwhile.
June 1, 2011
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Once you get past the bad acting, dodgy props & sets and awful accents it?s not such a bad film. It?s not quite the epic it wants to be though and you can?t help but think it was a wasted opportunity, especially as the story is so strong (although historically inaccurate).
October 1, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

This is a Film From the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, I remember seeing this one on the big screen and have watched it several times since, this time for review. First I will say I never get tired of watching it, its that good. Most who review it will tell you of Brad Pitt's performance, though I thought good, mastering the German accent early in his career. My hats off an a 5 star performance to Sonam Wangchuk and Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk who played the Dalai Lama. Brad is a Mountain Climber who is from Austria, when getting back to base camp he is arrested for being a Nazi and put in prison camp, he escapes and finds his way into Tibet, where we are given the pleasure to see some of the best photography that I have seen in a movie in a long time. All in all if you haven't seen it its worth the buy or rent, its a long one so be prepared for a night of fine entertainment. 4 1/2 stars.
July 5, 2009
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