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Dreaming Lhasa Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
April 17, 2007
As political statements go, Dreaming Lhasa is gentle, well-meaning and produced 10 years too late and three drafts too soon.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2007
While the film argues that nationalism isn't confined by borders, it also proves that neither are bad performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Koehler
May 4, 2007
A sensitive if literal-minded tale that demonstrates how Tibet's national identity is of a piece with its spiritual heart.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 4, 2007
Dreaming Lhasa goes a long way on the strength of its exotic visuals and gently urgent narrative, but in the end it doesn't go quite far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 19, 2007
It is among the dullest and least confident movies to unspool this year.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
April 11, 2007
The adverts promise a voyage to Tibet like we've never seen, but Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's vision of people unmoored from their homeland is a familiar and banal embossment of foreign anguish.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 4, 2007
The script is undone by confusing romantic developments, a convoluted murder mystery and a facile and maudlin resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 4, 2007
Whenever the filmmakers stray from Dhondup's story (and the tales of other refugees), they tend to lose their way.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 16, 2007
There's no questioning the sincere intentions of the filmmakers, but their dull dialogue and unsure, sometimes aimless-seeming dramatic focus make their film less than compelling.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2007
A static and awkward effort that never quite comes to life.
Kam Williams
April 10, 2007
This surprisingly-engaging, semi-autobiographical docudrama must have served as sojourn of self-discovery for the moviemaker, though it now offers his audience a refreshingly realistic peek into the plight of a displaced people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 10, 2007
A well-realized drama about Tibetans living in exile in India and their quest to find meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 4, 2007
The fictional story incorporates harrowing documentary testimony from former Tibetan political prisoners, but essentially this is a hopeful look at a resilient people keeping their traditions alive as they move into the digital age.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 18, 2007
Dreaming Lhasa is a fine example of how feature films can be used to deliver urgent political messages, but its dramatic elements waver.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
April 10, 2007
Stilted acting and dialogue, but Tibet has hardly a film industry: we should be glad this picture about identity crisis has come our way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2007
Manages to enchant with its simplicity and scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
July 13, 2007
Rather than offer more information or documentation, the film uses a fictional framework to explore the human-scale effects of exile on those Tibetans who've escaped their homeland.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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