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Milarepa

Milarepa (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 18

Milarepa's confusing plot structure, simplistic message, and poor production values cause it to fall flat.

36

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 7

Milarepa's confusing plot structure, simplistic message, and poor production values cause it to fall flat.

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Bhutanese director Neten Chokling's fantasy Milarepa mounts and cinematizes an ancient Buddhist legend -- a moral fable from the eponymous monk's colorful early life. The story unfolds in the 11th century, when Milarepa (Jamyang Lodro) -- christened Thopaga -- unexpectedly loses his father, and finds his life plunged into a bleak hell. His vile aunt and uncle, Peydon and Gyalsten (played by Lhakpa Tsamchoe and Gonpo, respectively), seize control of the deceased's inheritance and force Thopaga,

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Milarepa is a sort of Batman Begins version of the early life of renowned Tibetan saint Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135).

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint, a picturesque fable filmed in the mountains of northern India, shows us how most -- if not all -- roads to spiritual enlightenment are paved with suffering.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Despite timely and worthwhile subject matter, there is nothing very inspired or inspiring in what makes it to the screen.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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While the drama is rather poky, Jamyang Lordo plays the part with dignified restraint.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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One tonic for a stressful day: Spend 90 minutes with an 11th-century Tibetan mystic who wanders through gorgeous Himalayan scenery

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Earnestly capturing in spirit the emergence of a holy man.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

By-the-book mythmaking: stately, straightforward and not too interesting. The story . . . falls flat on film, a moody, visual medium, tremendously difficult to rework into a mirror for introspective, spiritual transformation.

December 15, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

instructional value and exposure to Tibetan culture and values make this a worthwhile venture

November 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Viewers with a pre-established interest in 11th-century Tibetan history should find Milarepa fascinating, but those without won't find much to engage them in this nicely shot but stilted biopic of a legendary magician-turned-monk from that era.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The first of a two-part film about the life of an 11th-century Tibetan mystic, Milarepa evokes a time when sorcery was a poor man's way of making war, and the sight of yogis flying through the sky was commonplace.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Buddhism teaches that suffering is inseparable from existence. Suffering is certainly inseparable from the experience of watching Milarepa.

October 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

For enlightenment on Milarepa's life, we apparently have to wait for the sequel.

October 5, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

Milarepa is surprisingly flat and unexciting.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

First-time filmmaker Neten Chokling, himself a great Tibetan meditation master, has made a remarkable film using nonprofessional actors and a mostly nonprofessional crew.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The movie is so oddly structured that it can't sustain engagement on the story level; I wish I liked it more.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film's lavish production cannot compensate for the simplistic story and message.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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