Crazy Wisdom Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 2, 2012
Worth a look for the curious.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2012
The film may be of greatest interest to those already familiar with Trungpa. Others may wonder at the shortage of critical perspective, and may find themselves less than wholly sympathetic to Trungpa's controversial actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Foster
March 9, 2012
There is not enough balanced afford Crazy Wisdom anything other than a perfunctory nod; it unfolds like a fan letter to a rock star, forgiving of the debauched lifestyle the star leads because they have a beautiful voice.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 3, 2012
Well-shot and edited, but low on provocative insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Cynthia Fuchs
December 7, 2011
Crazy Wisdom appears to follow Trungpa's philosophical lead, in the sense that it doesn't criticize his behaviors, though it does consider his "times."
Brent Simon
December 3, 2011
A subject perhaps worthy of a documentary, but hopelessly obscured by fawning and myopia.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2011
Demetrakas has decided to simply present the man in all his demanding complexities and let him and his encounters with associates speak for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 28, 2011
Whether the viewer adheres to, or even grasps, Eastern religion, this look inside the guru entertains.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
November 27, 2011
The movie goes mushy when it should be critical, and leaves you with questions that it's not prepared to answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 25, 2011
It plays more like a TV infomercial than an unbiased examination of the Tibetan's controversial life.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 23, 2011
An edifying documentary on the life and times of the controversial Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher and spiritual warrior whose mission was to build an enlightened society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 22, 2011
I detected only charlatanism.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
November 22, 2011
The under rug-sweeping of the doc's eccentric flaws would be less grating if it elucidated Chögyam Trungpa's ideas with more clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
November 21, 2011
The late Chogyam Trungpa's very colorful life makes for a most engaging narrative here.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
November 17, 2011
A provocative account of Trungpa's global odyssey, Crazy Wisdom offers a perceptive, if one-sided, perspective on Trungpa's impact on American spirituality and the arts.
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New York Times
November 29, 2011
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