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Little Buddha Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 16, 2012
An intimate, spiritual film from Bertolucc, which trying to combine elements of mysticism and Western culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 4, 2008
Excellent introduction to Buddhism--strongest portions are mythical excerpts of Buddha's life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide
December 7, 2007
Although the search for enlightenment may not have much in the way of high-concept appeal, the film should satisfy adventurous moviegoers as well as the large number of adults already intrigued by eastern religions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 7, 2007
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A crazily mesmerizing pop artifact that ranks alongside Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha in terms of extreme earnestness and quasi-religious entertainment value.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 12, 2004
Has some captivating qualities about both contemporary American life and Tibetan Buddhism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 13, 2002
A well-realized parable about Siddhartha, the Dalai Lama, reincarnation, and a boy's journey of discovery and death.
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Though uneven, the film is engagingly moving and often humorous.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Little Buddha succeeds precisely because of its guileless innocence.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Some of the movie's mysteries are more unsuccessfully secular than rapturously eternal, but the doorway opens far enough to offer a few glimpses of nirvana.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
It was easy to forget logic and go with the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Cynics may turn away, but I found the ideas and their execution quite fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Bertolucci's epic is a disappointment.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Part fairy tale, part travelogue, and part kindergarten lesson in Eastern religion. Not a single part is persuasive or compelling.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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