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Kumaré Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 7, 2012
What started as a long, elaborate joke becomes a journey, both for Gandhi's students and for the filmmaker himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2012
As "Kumaré" plays out, both Gandhi and the film become something else, something much more thoughtful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
When I first heard this film described, I assumed it would be a satirical, snarky comedy like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat." Not so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2012
A sort of kinder, gentler "Borat."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 22, 2012
If this sounds like reality TV, it basically is. It is also an extremely mean trick. What redeems "Kumaré" and its director is that Gandhi knows that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
June 21, 2012
Almost a 21st-century illustration of the principles described in William James' "Varieties of Religious Experience."
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 19, 2012
[An] ambiguous exploration of religion, teaching and spiritual leadership.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 19, 2012
Prepare to have your assumptions pitched out the window by this tense, surprisingly probing satirical documentary...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 19, 2012
A spiritually challenging documentary about guru-disciple relationships and taking responsibility for our own spiritual growth and maturation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 18, 2012
Kumaré has a premise that could've been the launching point for one of Sascha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles's satirical outrages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
June 11, 2012
Sharply shot, edited and costumed doc about a fake Indian guru who teaches his disciples more than he could have imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
May 31, 2012
In an age in America where cult "gurus' inspire women to breast their children into bike-riding age, documentarian Vikram Gandhi puts the cult of Indian religiosity to his own test.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Boslaugh
April 20, 2012
... a well-constructed documentary that also carries an important message...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 13, 2016
The more he communes with them and hears their very real troubles and genuine hopes, the more Gandhi's clever façade seems, to him and us, unsustainable.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2012
Your view of the film may hinge on whether you can accept the ethics of his fakery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 6, 2012
There's a Morgan Spurlock narcissism to "Kumaré." It could just as well have been called "Super-Spiritualize Me."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
August 29, 2012
Kumaré might be a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt, but Gandhi drowns his padded documentary with a voiceover that is all Morgan Spurlock, deaf to its self-aggrandizement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
August 11, 2012
The film's notion that the ruse here was okay because it ultimately helped people seems like a specious rationalization.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
It's a fascinating social experiment, but not much of a movie.
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 21, 2012
A bogus guru sends a message about the nature of spiritual leadership today in this "Is it for real?" documentary.
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