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Kundun Reviews

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February 1, 2010
Vigorously directed, sensual and hypnotic, Scorsese's film is a visually extraordinary meditation on ritual, nature and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 29, 2009
Scorsese's rich tableau of image and music bears a potent emotional weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 1, 2004
Scorsese skillfully indulges his propensity for obsessive detail. Visually, the direction is varied and exhilarating
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2003
Though a meditative, introspective film, Scorsese's distinctive techniques cause Kundun to pulse with life under its calm surface.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 8, 2003
All in all, Kundun is beautifully produced and honestly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 8, 2002
Scorcese has made one of his best and most personal films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2002
Kundun is original, moving, inspiring -- and one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 1, 2002
'Filmed with the approval of the 14th Dalai Lama himself, Kundun is reverential to a fault...and that fault is the film's biggest weakness.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 5, 2002
Kundun is both a stunning visual feast and a moving meditation on the difficulty of sustaining the Buddhist principle of nonviolence in a brutal world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
A great film about a good man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 24, 2002
Scorsese's celebrated eye for composition and camera placement has never been more evident.
March 2, 2002
Memorable mainly for its moral message about the courage it takes to adhere to the Buddhist principle of nonviolence in the face of so much suffering.
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