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Decoding Deepak

Decoding Deepak (2012)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Film-maker and journalist Gotham Chopra embarks on a year long roadtrip with his father Deepak Chopra in an attempt to resolve the spiritual icon he is to the world vs. the real man known to his family. From devoted disciples that range from Lady Gaga to lost souls searching for themselves in the red rock deserts of Sedona, Gotham begins to paint a raw portrait of his dad that only a son can. The film travels across the planet chronicling colorful Deepak activities - from a traditional monk

Apr 15, 2013

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There is precious little table-turning or real insight in "Decoding Deepak" - unless uncovering a passion for Starbucks and a preference for upscale hotels counts as takedown material.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Decoding" ultimately becomes Gotham's gentle tribute to Dad, who shall probably provide handsomely for his heirs. It is also a tacit endorsement of Chopra Inc.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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While Decoding offers some tantalizing insights into the celebrity guru, the movie, at its core, is playing out daddy issues as the filmmaker wonders aloud about whether his dad has gotten too big for his britches.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Like its subject, the movie is not as calculating as it seems.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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As much an exercise in self-help as it is a demystification of its title character.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Tthe film feels amateurish and leaves a lot to be desired as a documentary on one of the world's biggest spiritual icons.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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Glossy tribute from a son to his eminent guru of a papa is not so different, even with all that spirituality, from recent film portraits of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A documentary following Deepak Chopra, a fireball of energy, creativity and spiritual vision, on the road for a year, filmed by his son.

October 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Unlike his father, Gotham Chopra is more interested in his own latent daddy issues than with questions of cosmic import.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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