Milarepa Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
December 2, 2008
One tonic for a stressful day: Spend 90 minutes with an 11th-century Tibetan mystic who wanders through gorgeous Himalayan scenery
November 5, 2008
Earnestly capturing in spirit the emergence of a holy man.
December 15, 2007
By-the-book mythmaking: stately, straightforward and not too interesting. The story . . . falls flat on film, a moody, visual medium, tremendously difficult to rework into a mirror for introspective, spiritual transformation.
November 4, 2007
instructional value and exposure to Tibetan culture and values make this a worthwhile venture
November 2, 2007
Viewers with a pre-established interest in 11th-century Tibetan history should find Milarepa fascinating, but those without won't find much to engage them in this nicely shot but stilted biopic of a legendary magician-turned-monk from that era.
November 2, 2007
Milarepa is a sort of Batman Begins version of the early life of renowned Tibetan saint Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135).
November 1, 2007
The first of a two-part film about the life of an 11th-century Tibetan mystic, Milarepa evokes a time when sorcery was a poor man's way of making war, and the sight of yogis flying through the sky was commonplace.
October 25, 2007
Buddhism teaches that suffering is inseparable from existence. Suffering is certainly inseparable from the experience of watching Milarepa.
October 11, 2007
Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint, a picturesque fable filmed in the mountains of northern India, shows us how most -- if not all -- roads to spiritual enlightenment are paved with suffering.
October 5, 2007
Despite timely and worthwhile subject matter, there is nothing very inspired or inspiring in what makes it to the screen.
October 5, 2007
For enlightenment on Milarepa's life, we apparently have to wait for the sequel.
October 4, 2007
Milarepa is surprisingly flat and unexciting.
September 22, 2007
First-time filmmaker Neten Chokling, himself a great Tibetan meditation master, has made a remarkable film using nonprofessional actors and a mostly nonprofessional crew.
September 21, 2007
The movie's spectacular scenery and compelling message counterbalance the somewhat plodding pace and wooden performances by a cast of nonactors.
September 21, 2007
The movie is so oddly structured that it can't sustain engagement on the story level; I wish I liked it more.
September 15, 2007
Milarepa fails to infuse freshness into the timeworn lesson that violence doesn't pay; perhaps its subject's path to goodness will provide a more enlightening cinematic outlet.
September 14, 2007
Those expecting a reflective Buddhist piece will be surprised. First-time director Neten Chokling's film actually is a powerful revenge drama. Despite the film's low budget, there's also spectacle, courtesy of the Himalayan locations.
September 13, 2007
The legend of Milarepa -- an exiled heir who sought revenge before finding dharma -- engages on a narrative level; however, Chokling's direction fails to give the story any period texture or visceral emotion.
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