Milarepa Reviews

November 18, 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
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 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.
October 25, 2007
Buddhism teaches that suffering is inseparable from existence. Suffering is certainly inseparable from the experience of watching Milarepa.
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 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 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.
September 13, 2007
The film's lavish production cannot compensate for the simplistic story and message.
September 7, 2007
lama Neten Chokling's directing debut ends on a frustrating spiritual cliff-hanger.
September 4, 2007
Starts to get interesting when the lead character learns how to use magic, but ultimately, the computer FX do little to counter the generally poor production values.
September 1, 2007
Myths are more popular in the movies than ever, but unlike the Christian extravaganza of The Chronicles of Narnia, Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint won't be showing up on your kid's Netflix list.