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Little Buddha Reviews

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January 1, 2000
The modern sequences lack realism or credibility. The ancient sequences play like the equivalent of a devout Bible story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
May 25, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
May 12, 2004
Has some captivating qualities about both contemporary American life and Tibetan Buddhism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
Little Buddha succeeds precisely because of its guileless innocence.
April 4, 2008
Excellent introduction to Buddhism--strongest portions are mythical excerpts of Buddha's life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 13, 2017
It is refreshing to find a heavy-hitting European auteur telling his story with such directness, and delightful to see a serious, artistically exacting film for children, even if you suspect it will soar over that audience.
January 1, 2000
It was easy to forget logic and go with the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Though uneven, the film is engagingly moving and often humorous.
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
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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