Little Buddha


Little Buddha (1994)


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Mark Peploe and Rudy Wurlitzer wrote this tale of an American boy who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader. Intercut into this story is a dramatization of the life of Siddhartha (played by Keanu Reeves). Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro; score by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Critic Reviews for Little Buddha

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

In a quiet way, this gorgeous movies accomplishes many things.

Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Bertolucci's celebrated burnt-orange-and-burnished-lemon look remains handsome, and the story itself still commands some interest as a pivot into daunting material.

Dec 7, 2007 | Full Review…

Bertolucci's epic is a disappointment.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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A crazily mesmerizing pop artifact that ranks alongside Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha in terms of extreme earnestness and quasi-religious entertainment value.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

The modern sequences lack realism or credibility. The ancient sequences play like the equivalent of a devout Bible story.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As beautifully photographed and intelligently-written as the movie is, it has no emotional depth or appeal, and is often as cold and clinical as its gray depiction of Seattle.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little Buddha

Great casting, really splendid, because when I think of Buddha I automatically think Keanu Reeves. Honestly I started to burst out laughing whenever Keanu spoke, it was pretty bad. Other than that I thought the story was interesting, and cute. I thought that it would have been more heavy handed, but it was quite passive in it's views of the world which I found refreshing.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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Ultimately this fell flat for me. I was more interested in the segements relating Siddhartha's story than in any of the modern day goings on, even if Keanu Reeves seems to mainly be in the film to look pretty (which his delivery of lines suggests).

Kylie B
Kylie B

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I watched this film in my religion class for the first time, and it was enough for me. However, I do give it credit for staying biblically correct to the religion!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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In a word: Boring.

Michael S
Michael S

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