Kundun Reviews

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November 10, 2019
Mesmerizing as visual pageantry but anemic when it comes to allowing access to this man or his religion.
August 17, 2018
The effect is to make one feel as if one is seeing Tibet's recent history through the Dalai Lama's eyes.
January 9, 2018
The film is, in many ways, a remarkable achievement but also a singularly undynamic entry in the director's canon.
December 15, 2017
It's not exactly 'Goodfellas.' But it's not every filmmaker who can create works as divergent as 'Goodfellas' and 'Kundun,' either.
February 1, 2010
Vigorously directed, sensual and hypnotic, Scorsese's film is a visually extraordinary meditation on ritual, nature and humanity.
February 1, 2010
A challenging, thought provoking, mediative film that sits uncomfortably with Scorcese's previous work is helped no end by a superb score by Philip Glass.
February 1, 2010
The music ties together all the pretty pictures, gives the narrative some momentum, and helps to induce a kind of alert detachment, so that you're neither especially interested nor especially bored.
February 1, 2010
Scorsese has taken the harsh mystery out of Tibetan Buddhism, and out of its oppression, too.
March 29, 2009
Scorsese's rich tableau of image and music bears a potent emotional weight.
January 17, 2008
Kundun is surely the most gentle and meditative of Scorsese's films, a placid biography with the scope of an epic, the quality of a storybook, and the dramatic stakes of a tragedy.
December 20, 2006
Disregarding commercial considerations, Scorsese's haunting meditation on Dalai Lama's early life is a majestic spectacle of images and sounds, but it's bogged down by a routine script that fails to offer fresh insights on Tibet's non-violent culture
November 3, 2006
There's no denying the artistry of Kundun. Its heart also appears to be in the right place. But for those like me who don't have a versed history in the modern history of Tibet or Buddhism, the scope is ultimately too big.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Urged on by Philip Glass's throbbing, blaring score, the director conjures a phenomenal, trance-like climax, owing more to dreams, second sight and the mind's eye than conventional dramatic rhetoric.
April 9, 2005
Martin Scorcese has made a meditative, low key historical drama about a truly mystical figure of our modern history, departing from his usual, violence-prone flicks.
July 1, 2004
Scorsese skillfully indulges his propensity for obsessive detail. Visually, the direction is varied and exhilarating
October 23, 2003
Though a meditative, introspective film, Scorsese's distinctive techniques cause Kundun to pulse with life under its calm surface.
May 14, 2003
February 8, 2003
All in all, Kundun is beautifully produced and honestly acted.
December 8, 2002
Scorcese has made one of his best and most personal films.
October 15, 2002
Kundun is original, moving, inspiring -- and one of the best movies of the year.
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