Baraka Reviews

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2010
The film's one-world thesis is asserted but never made convincing, as Fricke zigzags from the Western Wall to whirling dervishes to the Grand Mosque of Mecca in a superficial gloss on faith (and everything else).
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Any one sequence might work powerfully in its own right, but string them together with a musical overlay and the banality of the connections becomes apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 7, 2003
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
January 9, 2003
The form is ravishing, though the content suffers by comparison.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is claimed that the great age of travel is dead - that there are no longer amazing, exotic, beautiful and fearsome places for the traveler to discover. A movie like Baraka gives hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary.