Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 2, 2004
tiresome before the opening credits even roll... with the air of a cable access show
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
March 15, 2004
An unfocused film that fails, at least for this uninitiated viewer, to open a door into any kind of reality, ordinary or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
June 1, 2004
Torjan has absolutely zero grasp of pacing or narrative structure.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2004
Unless you are already a fan of Castaneda, the film is likely to leave you feeling as though you've just watched a very long, lost episode of that old TV series In Search of ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
June 1, 2004
If only there were drugs strong enough to make it all bearable.
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Joe Brown
San Francisco Chronicle
May 20, 2004
This documentary might have been better off as an audio book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
June 2, 2004
Was Carlos Castaneda a great spiritual leader or a cynical con man? A digital video documentary struggles with that question but ultimately declines to answer it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 4, 2004
It will leave true believers deeply disillusioned and everybody else apathetic.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 4, 2004
The trippy omnipresent bluescreen opticals and the incessant electronic score are both distracting and headache inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2004
Not only doesn't provide any real information, it barely manages to convey why we should care.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
October 28, 2004
Even ignoring the low-grade aesthetics, the documentary feels like you've stepped into a geek-nerd convention where all but hardcore initiates will be either bored or amused by the proceedings.

E! Online
December 3, 2004
True believers will be thrilled that someone even made a movie about their hero; everyone else will find better-produced material on cable access.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 3, 2009
Though interviews here are primarily with former camp followers and pic was made by one, overall perspective is just critical enough to satisfy both New Age types and curious skeptics.
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