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Siddhartha Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A lovely, evocative piece that may come across as stodgy and obvious thirty years after its release.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2005
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

This is a case where the true seeker must journey to the original source!

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C

February 25, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its visual beauty is compelling and its emotions are kindled from within, as it takes off from the source of its literary roots and becomes a pure cinematic experience.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

January 23, 2003
Shawn Levy

Shooting largely in natural light, Nykvist creates a poetry more beautiful than Hesse's prose and as profound as the author's message.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

December 13, 2002
Christopher Null

nothing but wide and confusing circles

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Like Chappaqua, the movie doesn't live up to the legend.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2002
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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Apologies to Conrad Rooks, but the only reason his 1972 film, Siddhartha, is getting a 30th-anniversary rerelease is the appeal of seeing Sven Nykvist's amazing cinematography restored to its full splendor.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2002
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

A beautiful and timeless achievement, Conrad Rooks' 1972 adaptation of Herman Hesse's appropriation of East Indian mythology still entrances.

September 26, 2002
Ed Halter
Village Voice
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Sven Nykvist's golden-hued cinematography perfectly suits Hesse's mind-expanding narrative of Buddhist enlightenment.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

A gentle reminder of just how much life and movies have changed -- not entirely for the better.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Faithful but flat and uninspired.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 22, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

In the end, Siddhartha the movie fails in its attempt to explore and question and meditate. You can't be meditative while running through a field and leaping over foxholes.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 19, 2002
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
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Rather than living on as reminder of India in the early 1900s, the film now exists as a period piece of another sort, namely, as a cult film of the psychedelic era.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2002
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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Unless you are fully into the subtleties of Hinduism, you are likely to find it rather flat and lethargic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 2, 2002
Phil Hall
Film Threat

A sublime achievement, in many ways superior to the Hesse novel.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

July 1, 2002
Shane Burridge

Rook uses images and music to bring the book to life without sacrificing any of its gentleness

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January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2004

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Derek Adams
Time Out
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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May 9, 2005
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