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Crazy Wisdom Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Worth a look for the curious.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 2, 2012
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Well-shot and edited, but low on provocative insight.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6.0/10

January 3, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs

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."

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 7, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2011
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Whether the viewer adheres to, or even grasps, Eastern religion, this look inside the guru entertains.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

November 28, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

November 23, 2011
Dennis Harvey
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The late Chogyam Trungpa's very colorful life makes for a most engaging narrative here.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 21, 2011
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 17, 2011
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 13, 2012
Simon Foster

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.

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March 9, 2012
Brent Simon

A subject perhaps worthy of a documentary, but hopelessly obscured by fawning and myopia.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

December 3, 2011
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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The movie goes mushy when it should be critical, and leaves you with questions that it's not prepared to answer.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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It plays more like a TV infomercial than an unbiased examination of the Tibetan's controversial life.

Full Review Source: New York Post

November 25, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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I detected only charlatanism.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 22, 2011
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 22, 2011

New York Times
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November 29, 2011
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