The Dhamma Brothers Reviews

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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2008
An example of advocacy filmmaking at its most inspired.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 16, 2008
A sincere but unevenly made documentary about Buddhism on death row.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 9, 2008
Most of these men will never know freedom beyond prison walls, but they have learned liberation from within.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2008
A sort of cross between The Shawshank Redemption and an episode of MSNBC's Lockup, the intriguing documentary The Dhamma Brothers makes a cogent case for prisoner rehabilitation over, as one inmate here bluntly puts it, being 'warehoused till you die'.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2008
There's one image you're likely to take away from this mind-boggling documentary. It's of rows and rows of men dressed completely in white and seated cross-legged on royal blue mats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 11, 2008
The Dhamma Brothers offers a constructive alternative to the hopelessness of human warehousing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 11, 2008
Takes you on a thrilling and hopeful voyage through a very dark place.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 8, 2008
Subject matter definitely trumps stylistic nuance in this solid journeyman effort.
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
April 8, 2008
There's no doubt that the Brothers are a compelling bunch, but their story isn't well served here.