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Dreaming Lhasa Reviews

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Marc Mohan

Rather than offer more information or documentation, the film uses a fictional framework to explore the human-scale effects of exile on those Tibetans who've escaped their homeland.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

July 13, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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The fictional story incorporates harrowing documentary testimony from former Tibetan political prisoners, but essentially this is a hopeful look at a resilient people keeping their traditions alive as they move into the digital age.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 4, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Manages to enchant with its simplicity and scenery.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 20, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Dreaming Lhasa is a fine example of how feature films can be used to deliver urgent political messages, but its dramatic elements waver.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A well-realized drama about Tibetans living in exile in India and their quest to find meaning.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

April 10, 2007
Kam Williams

This surprisingly-engaging, semi-autobiographical docudrama must have served as sojourn of self-discovery for the moviemaker, though it now offers his audience a refreshingly realistic peek into the plight of a displaced people.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

April 10, 2007
Harvey S. Karten

Stilted acting and dialogue, but Tibet has hardly a film industry: we should be glad this picture about identity crisis has come our way.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

April 10, 2007
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Whenever the filmmakers stray from Dhondup's story (and the tales of other refugees), they tend to lose their way.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2007
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The script is undone by confusing romantic developments, a convoluted murder mystery and a facile and maudlin resolution.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

May 4, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Dreaming Lhasa goes a long way on the strength of its exotic visuals and gently urgent narrative, but in the end it doesn't go quite far enough.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2007
Robert Koehler
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A sensitive if literal-minded tale that demonstrates how Tibet's national identity is of a piece with its spiritual heart.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 4, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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A static and awkward effort that never quite comes to life.

April 24, 2007
Phil Hall
Film Threat

It is among the dullest and least confident movies to unspool this year.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1/5

April 19, 2007
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

As political statements go, Dreaming Lhasa is gentle, well-meaning and produced 10 years too late and three drafts too soon.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

There's no questioning the sincere intentions of the filmmakers, but their dull dialogue and unsure, sometimes aimless-seeming dramatic focus make their film less than compelling.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 16, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
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The adverts promise a voyage to Tibet like we've never seen, but Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's vision of people unmoored from their homeland is a familiar and banal embossment of foreign anguish.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 11, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

While the film argues that nationalism isn't confined by borders, it also proves that neither are bad performances.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 10, 2007
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