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Baraka Reviews

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David Parkinson
Radio Times
December 14, 2012
While it's easy to look at these often beautiful moving postcards, Fricke presents locations without identifying them, so most viewers will quickly find themselves lost and overwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
December 13, 2012
A cinematic sight for sore eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
December 13, 2012
The only reaction permitted is gawping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 13, 2012
A cinematic gap year of forest temples, baking deserts and teeming cities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Tate
December 13, 2012
Breathtaking and serenely beautiful to watch, Baraka is still the visual delight it was twenty years ago, thanks to phenomenal photography, superb editing and a strapping score.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
December 4, 2012
Either an awesome vision of the world in all its time-lapsed wonder or visual whale music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2010
The film's one-world thesis is asserted but never made convincing, as Fricke zigzags from the Western Wall to whirling dervishes to the Grand Mosque of Mecca in a superficial gloss on faith (and everything else).
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 2, 2009
Critics and audiences have struggled to find the right words to describe the effect Baraka has on them for 16 years; but it seems appropriate to be speechless after seeing this wordless masterpiece of cinema.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Any one sequence might work powerfully in its own right, but string them together with a musical overlay and the banality of the connections becomes apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
images [and juxtapositions] in BARAKA . . provoke speculation about our place in the cosmos
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 13, 2003
[It] begins like a National Geographic tour....a vacation from dialogue and narrative, traveling strictly on imagery... [but]Baraka gets old before the 93 minutes are up.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
January 9, 2003
The form is ravishing, though the content suffers by comparison.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 30, 2002
Baraka's major strength is its realization that life happens all over the world and not just in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Smokler
August 15, 2002
This is a film that gazes with such awe at the mystery of life on earth that it seems almost childlike and yet does it in a way so purely cinematic that it can only come from the hands of a wizened master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
August 11, 2002
will appeal greatly to any children of the sixties ... who believe in the common unity of mankind and how we all seek the same universal source'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
Extraordinary non-narrative film that enables us to see with our eyes and feel in our flesh that the healing of self and the healing of the planet and inextricably linked.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is claimed that the great age of travel is dead - that there are no longer amazing, exotic, beautiful and fearsome places for the traveler to discover. A movie like Baraka gives hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Sweeping, jarring and mesmerizing -- not to mention mind-blowing, if I may indulge a '60s phrase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
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