Little Buddha Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The modern sequences lack realism or credibility. The ancient sequences play like the equivalent of a devout Bible story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Bertolucci's epic is a disappointment.
Susan Granger
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Part fairy tale, part travelogue, and part kindergarten lesson in Eastern religion. Not a single part is persuasive or compelling.
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Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 7, 2007
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 13, 2002
A well-realized parable about Siddhartha, the Dalai Lama, reincarnation, and a boy's journey of discovery and death.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 12, 2004
Has some captivating qualities about both contemporary American life and Tibetan Buddhism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Little Buddha succeeds precisely because of its guileless innocence.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 4, 2008
Excellent introduction to Buddhism--strongest portions are mythical excerpts of Buddha's life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
It was easy to forget logic and go with the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Though uneven, the film is engagingly moving and often humorous.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Some of the movie's mysteries are more unsuccessfully secular than rapturously eternal, but the doorway opens far enough to offer a few glimpses of nirvana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Cynics may turn away, but I found the ideas and their execution quite fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
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