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The Dhamma Brothers Reviews

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June 13, 2008
An example of advocacy filmmaking at its most inspired.
May 16, 2008
The thoughtfulness and humanity of these inmates is a potent reminder that there's almost no such thing as a lost cause.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 16, 2008
A sincere but unevenly made documentary about Buddhism on death row.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 9, 2008
Most of these men will never know freedom beyond prison walls, but they have learned liberation from within.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2008
A sort of cross between The Shawshank Redemption and an episode of MSNBC's Lockup, the intriguing documentary The Dhamma Brothers makes a cogent case for prisoner rehabilitation over, as one inmate here bluntly puts it, being 'warehoused till you die'.
May 9, 2008
Though compelling as far as it goes, a little more skepticism and drama would have made for a more engaging film and enhanced its message.
May 8, 2008
The film does a poor job of explaining the discipline or how it works, and naively takes the convicts' testimonials at face value.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 2, 2008
There's one image you're likely to take away from this mind-boggling documentary. It's of rows and rows of men dressed completely in white and seated cross-legged on royal blue mats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2008
Beyond the visual novelty of murderers and rapist sitting in silent practice, The Dhamma Brothers seems to be interested in surprisingly little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 15, 2008
If nothing else, it might change stereotypical perceptions about convicts and prison life.
April 12, 2008
(W)hat many will remember about this otherwise informative film is the way in which we get to know these men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2008
It's a truly inspirational piece of documentary filmmaking bolstered by a fine soundtrack featuring the music of Low, New Order and Sigur Ros.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2008
Not polished enough to spread, or strike a nerve, within the wider moviegoing community.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 11, 2008
The Dhamma Brothers offers a constructive alternative to the hopelessness of human warehousing.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2008
A remarkable documentary about inmates at an Alabama prison who do a 10-day silent meditation retreat which opens them to the experience of inner peace and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 11, 2008
Takes you on a thrilling and hopeful voyage through a very dark place.
April 9, 2008
The film presents an intimate, compassionate and sympathetic portrait of a group of individuals that much of society has written off as savage and brutal and who reconnect to their humanity through the act of meditation.
April 8, 2008
Subject matter definitely trumps stylistic nuance in this solid journeyman effort.
April 8, 2008
There's no doubt that the Brothers are a compelling bunch, but their story isn't well served here.
April 8, 2008
Examines the before and after mindsets of hardened cons converted to an Eastern spiritual path.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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