Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Coleman's ethnographic style resembles the American masters and provides a startling insider's view of the selfless devotion of the monks.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 19, 2006
Long before the two-hour mark, Coleman's documentary begins to more resemble a photographic tour through a museum than an exploration of a living religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 19, 2006
A challenge, so dense is it in the philosphical arcana of Tibetan Buddhism. But the images are amazing and intimate, particularly those involving the Dalai Lama as he greets his flock with ease and good humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 14, 2006
A rigorous, labor-intensive viewing experience, but there's something to be said for its unadorned purity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 13, 2006
Captures both the spirituality and humanity of monastic life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2006
I, for one, knew nothing about Buddhism going into this film and was eager to find out about the principles of the religion. After two hours of grueling ceremonies and rituals, I knew barely anything more than I did before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 7, 2006
This pilgrim's taste runs more to Martin Scorsese's Tibetan drama Kundun, and a third-act exit should not be taken by the pious as a skeptic's review.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
April 6, 2006
Recut and reassembled at just a little over two hours, the new version of the film is a staggering and bracing object, stylistically bold and hypnotically captivating.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 31, 2006
It's an impressionistic experience rather than a linear one, and the process of surrendering to the images and rhythms of lives lived in simultaneous harmony with the physical and the spiritual is greatly helped by the chants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 28, 2006
Watching tranquility and devotion does not translate to nonpractitioners as much more than a travel ad for the budding Larry Darrells among us.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
March 28, 2006
A stunning achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
October 7, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Corry
New York Times
October 7, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 7, 2006
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
October 7, 2006
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