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Free The Mind (2013)

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63

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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Convinced by the Dalai Lama to apply the same methods used to study anxiety and depression to research kindness and compassion, renowned neurologist Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness as manifested in our physical body, and the possibility of using mental practices to change the physical structure of the brain. The results Davidson finds through the course of his studies offer new hope for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and youngsters with Attention

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Phie Ambo

$0.2M

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

A wealth of information is sufficiently articulated, though the film's greatest strength is Ambo's compassion toward the subjects.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Davidson's compilation of seemingly immeasurable data is interesting, as is the doctor himself.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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If you focus on its fascinating subject matter and the dramatic revelations presented here with irrefutable impact, "Free the Mind" qualifies as a pioneering inquiry at the outermost boundaries of neuroscience.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Danish director Phie Ambo's documentary only scratches the surface of a complex subject.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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By the end of this documentary, you'll feel like a kid again, filled with wonder and questions about humanity and yourself.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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"There's something healing about simply watching "Free the Mind" ...

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This is overall a compassionate and curious film about the real-world implications of some fascinating research happening right in our backyard, helping our own neighbors.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Phie Ambo deftly captures her subjects' sense of paranoia and helplessness without encroaching on their brave candor.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An enlightening documentary about using mindfulness, breathing techniques, and yoga to reprogram the brain and ease the mind.

May 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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