Little Buddha (1994)



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Bernardo Bertolucci attempts to mix Buddhist spirituality with childhood fantasy in Little Buddha. When Dean Conrad (Chris Isaak), a Seattle architect, comes home from work one day, he finds two robed Buddhist monks sitting in his living room talking with his wife Lisa (Bridget Fonda). Guided by a series of disturbing dreams, the monks have traveled from Nepal to Seattle because they believe that the Conrad's ten-year-old son, Jesse (Alex Wiesendanger) may be the reincarnation of a legendary … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rudy Wurlitzer, Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci, Rudolph Wurlitzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2001


as Prince Siddhartha

as Dean Konrad

as Lisa Konrad

as Jesse Konrad

as Lama Norbu

as Kenpo Tenzin

as Maria

as Sangay

as Mantu

as King Suddhodhana

as Queen Maya

as Yasodhara

as Prajapati

as Lord Mara

as Queen's Assistant

as Old Musician

as Saddiya Siddiqui

as Anita Thakur
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Critic Reviews for Little Buddha

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

Bertolucci's celebrated burnt-orange-and-burnished-lemon look remains handsome, and the story itself still commands some interest as a pivot into daunting material.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Bertolucci's epic is a disappointment.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A crazily mesmerizing pop artifact that ranks alongside Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha in terms of extreme earnestness and quasi-religious entertainment value.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The modern sequences lack realism or credibility. The ancient sequences play like the equivalent of a devout Bible story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

As beautifully photographed and intelligently-written as the movie is, it has no emotional depth or appeal, and is often as cold and clinical as its gray depiction of Seattle.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Little Buddha succeeds precisely because of its guileless innocence.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Little Buddha


Ultimately this fell flat for me. I was more interested in the segements relating Siddhartha's story than in any of the modern day goings on, even if Keanu Reeves seems to mainly be in the film to look pretty (which his delivery of lines suggests).

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

I watched this film in my religion class for the first time, and it was enough for me. However, I do give it credit for staying biblically correct to the religion!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

In a word: Boring.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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