• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Ron Fricke
    In Theaters:
    Aug 24, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 8, 2013
  • Oscilloscope Pictures


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Samsara Reviews

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Frances Morton

Once the meditative flow of phenomenal photography takes hold, the virtuosity of the film emerges.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2013
Ashley Norris

A truly individual, dedicated concept that pulls through by seamlessly flowing in perfect harmonic construction.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 5, 2013
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A

January 22, 2013

AV Club
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Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

January 22, 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 Source: JWR | Original Score: 5/5

January 12, 2013

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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 16, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Magical, spiritual, meditative and calming, Samsara is everything we could ask for - a wondrous, informative and inquisitive work of art.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 16, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 22, 2012
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 16, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 9, 2012
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Fantasia, with dead chickens.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2012
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Ron Fricke tops Baraka

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 4/4

October 20, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[The film] presents a stunning series of visuals showing the planet's cyclical journey from nature through civilization and back.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2012
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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A continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2012
Emma Thrower

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2012
Ken Marks
New Yorker
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A Balinese dancer, an African tribesman, a disfigured marine, a Japanese stripper all stand composed, confident, and dignified, daring you to break the gaze.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 24, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2012
Robert Koehler
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January 22, 2013
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