Samsara Reviews

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Frances Morton
Flicks.co.nz
February 28, 2013
Once the meditative flow of phenomenal photography takes hold, the virtuosity of the film emerges.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Norris
HeyUGuys
February 5, 2013
A truly individual, dedicated concept that pulls through by seamlessly flowing in perfect harmonic construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 12, 2013
By journey's end, the film comes full circle, tying everything together with the notion that even the finest art in the world can dissipate in seconds...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 26, 2012
Mesmerising, impressionistic movie in which time-lapse photography...is intended to ignite thoughts about the meaning of life, society, technology, God, ecology and robots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 16, 2012
Beauty and brutality in nature and in humanity are juxtaposed with visual artistry that is a result of both the images themselves and how they are edited together
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 16, 2012
Magical, spiritual, meditative and calming, Samsara is everything we could ask for - a wondrous, informative and inquisitive work of art.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 14, 2012
Fricke has made a panoramic film that captures the interconnected world, particularly in developing nations, in all its beauty and ugliness. We're meant to bear witness, to see and to become aware that what we do in America is being seen as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 22, 2012
As a viewer, you are cast adrift in a sea of visual wonder, some of which looks like it was filmed on another planet.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
November 16, 2012
This visually spectacular travelogue captures memorable images from every corner. The end result is not just a gorgeous picture show, but also a thought-provoking rumination on our complicated relationship with our home planet.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 9, 2012
It's filled with religious and worldly images that encourage us to reflect on them and interpret them according to our own experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012
Fantasia, with dead chickens.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
Ron Fricke tops Baraka
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2012
[The film] presents a stunning series of visuals showing the planet's cyclical journey from nature through civilization and back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 11, 2012
Crams all of the supersized format's extra resolution into a standard image that's so pristine it often feels like 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2012
One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to perceive themes of circularity and renewal in Samsara, but it takes that level of patience to suffer its frequent low points with silence and good humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 4, 2012
A continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 27, 2012
Its impact is sporadic and spotty...at times it's mesmerizing, at others simply tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Emma Thrower
HeyUGuys
September 27, 2012
With arguably the most incredible colours and landscapes ever been committed to film, Samsara forms consistently coherent episodes that show how, even when other cultures may appear alien, everything is connected.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Ken Marks
New Yorker
September 24, 2012
A Balinese dancer, an African tribesman, a disfigured marine, a Japanese stripper all stand composed, confident, and dignified, daring you to break the gaze.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 23, 2012
Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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