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Dreaming Lhasa Reviews

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 13, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 4, 2007
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.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2007
Manages to enchant with its simplicity and scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 10, 2007
A well-realized drama about Tibetans living in exile in India and their quest to find meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
April 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: B-
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 4, 2007
Whenever the filmmakers stray from Dhondup's story (and the tales of other refugees), they tend to lose their way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 4, 2007
The script is undone by confusing romantic developments, a convoluted murder mystery and a facile and maudlin resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 4, 2007
A sensitive if literal-minded tale that demonstrates how Tibet's national identity is of a piece with its spiritual heart.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2007
A static and awkward effort that never quite comes to life.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 19, 2007
It is among the dullest and least confident movies to unspool this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
April 17, 2007
As political statements go, Dreaming Lhasa is gentle, well-meaning and produced 10 years too late and three drafts too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 16, 2007
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.
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
April 11, 2007
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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2007
While the film argues that nationalism isn't confined by borders, it also proves that neither are bad performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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