• Kumare
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    Added: May 16, 2012


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Kumaré Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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What started as a long, elaborate joke becomes a journey, both for Gandhi's students and for the filmmaker himself.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2012
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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Your view of the film may hinge on whether you can accept the ethics of his fakery.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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There's a Morgan Spurlock narcissism to "Kumaré." It could just as well have been called "Super-Spiritualize Me."

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

September 6, 2012
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

Kumaré might be a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt, but Gandhi drowns his padded documentary with a voiceover that is all Morgan Spurlock, deaf to its self-aggrandizement.

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

August 29, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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As "Kumaré" plays out, both Gandhi and the film become something else, something much more thoughtful and moving.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2012
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

The film's notion that the ruse here was okay because it ultimately helped people seems like a specious rationalization.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago

August 11, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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It's a fascinating social experiment, but not much of a movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 9, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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When I first heard this film described, I assumed it would be a satirical, snarky comedy like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat." Not so.

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

August 9, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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A sort of kinder, gentler "Borat."

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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If this sounds like reality TV, it basically is. It is also an extremely mean trick. What redeems "Kumaré" and its director is that Gandhi knows that.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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Almost a 21st-century illustration of the principles described in William James' "Varieties of Religious Experience."

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 21, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

A bogus guru sends a message about the nature of spiritual leadership today in this "Is it for real?" documentary.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 21, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Skims over the vast topic of religion-divorced spirituality, particularly as attached to yoga, with a calculated superficiality...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

June 21, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] dubious Borat-esque documentary.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

June 20, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[An] ambiguous exploration of religion, teaching and spiritual leadership.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 19, 2012
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Prepare to have your assumptions pitched out the window by this tense, surprisingly probing satirical documentary...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 19, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Predictably, the doc got a rousing reception at hipster-laden SXSW; real people might find it a touch easy.

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

June 19, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A spiritually challenging documentary about guru-disciple relationships and taking responsibility for our own spiritual growth and maturation.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 19, 2012
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Kumaré has a premise that could've been the launching point for one of Sascha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles's satirical outrages.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 18, 2012
Harvey S. Karten

Sharply shot, edited and costumed doc about a fake Indian guru who teaches his disciples more than he could have imagined.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

June 11, 2012
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