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Little Buddha Reviews

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July 16, 2012
An intimate, spiritual film from Bertolucc, which trying to combine elements of mysticism and Western culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 4, 2008
Excellent introduction to Buddhism--strongest portions are mythical excerpts of Buddha's life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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.
July 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2004
Has some captivating qualities about both contemporary American life and Tibetan Buddhism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2002
A well-realized parable about Siddhartha, the Dalai Lama, reincarnation, and a boy's journey of discovery and death.
January 1, 2000
Though uneven, the film is engagingly moving and often humorous.
January 1, 2000
Little Buddha succeeds precisely because of its guileless innocence.
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
January 1, 2000
It was easy to forget logic and go with the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Cynics may turn away, but I found the ideas and their execution quite fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2006
Bertolucci's epic is a disappointment.
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
November 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
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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