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Unmistaken Child Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Baratz doesn't ask any of the obvious questions, preferring to observe uncritically, and if you can do the same, you may find Unmistaken Child worth seeing. I could not, and grew restless.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

How far can an incredibly cute kid and an incredibly beautiful setting go toward making a movie worthwhile? Not far enough, as indicated by Unmistaken Child.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

October 22, 2009
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine

As lovely as the elegiac music and breathtaking shots of the Tibetan countryside are in Unmistaken Child, they don't really move things along.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 1, 2009
Chris Cabin

a very rough but dedicated character study

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2009
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine

While an appealing combination of travelogue, spiritual improvement story and road movie, Unmistaken Child fails to fully capitalize on its intriguing subjects.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2009
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

This documentary about the arcane rituals involved in identifying a child who is a reincarnated lama will leave audiences%u2014except perhaps Buddhists%u2014with far too many unanswered questions.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 2, 2009
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Who knew reincarnation could be such a lovely snooze?

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

July 31, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

moderately engaging and fascinating, but without enough insightful and more provocative interviews, it merely scratches the surface of Tibetan reincarnation rather than delving profoundly into it.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6/10

February 9, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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The film is fascinating on every level -- as a portrait of a willing servant in a complex, powerful and inscrutable religious system and a feast of spectacular sights and unusual mundane events in a corner of the world rarely exposed to prying eyes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 2, 2009
Mark R. Leeper

The film suggests the viewer see the proceedings in two ways, as a believer might and as an unbeliever might. This makes it really two films.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

May 27, 2009
Jennifer Merin

A rare, intimate look at Tibetan Buddhists' search for the reincarnation of a deceased Lama, this beautifully filmed documetary is an extraordinary spiritual travelog, with all the dramatic elements of an exotic, enthralling fantasy

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

June 22, 2009
Dan Zak
Washington Post
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Adorable, moving, bewildering, sad and, ultimately, peaceful.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 2, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A compelling, enlightening, and emotionally absorbing real time documentation of the quest for a reincarnated Tibetan master.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 2009
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Baratz's work may not be the slickest, but he took a risk and followed through under arduous conditions to let an audience share in a mystical journey. The film itself is an act of faith.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

July 6, 2009
Sean Axmaker

Along the way, we are treated to a tour of spiritual belief, Buddhist ceremony and rural life in this remote region.

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December 6, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Visually stunning and moving religious documentary that gives the outsider a rare eyewitness report on the four-year search for the rebirth of a Tibetan lama in Nepal.

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

February 13, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Unmistaken Child documents the four-year search of Tenzin Zopa, a gentle, baby-faced 28-year-old Nepalese monk.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2009
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The movie is a drama of faith, a Tibetan monk's search for the reincarnation of his beloved master Lama Konchog.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 3, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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You could argue that the film would be stronger if it explained more fully and asked more questions, yet "Unmistaken Child'' stands as a window on a beautiful and mysterious world. The questions it leaves hanging are for us to untangle.

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

July 16, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Films that address faith and love as eloquently as this moving 2008 documentary are rare.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 2, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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February 26, 2011
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