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Samsara Reviews

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Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 4, 2012
Allows us to interpret scenes on our own terms, including cleverly jarring images like a woman in a burkha standing in front of a billboard of men modelling underwear
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 3, 2012
There are so many remarkable images that there is something every few seconds to provoke or please.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 31, 2012
Fricke's great gift is his talent for framing images in such a coolly precise fashion that some part of the nasty 21st-century brain suspects digital retouching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Hannah McGill
The List
August 31, 2012
Few films have ever gone so far to make you gasp, sometimes with shock, mostly with sheer aesthetic pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 31, 2012
I'm not convinced that Fricke's movies are much more than exalted travelogues, but you certainly feel as if you've been somewhere after you've seen one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2012
The makers of "Samsara" want to free our minds, but their technique makes us their prisoners more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Caroline Jowett
Daily Express (UK)
August 30, 2012
It weaves together incredibly beautiful images of everything that makes the world go around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2012
There may be no words within "Samsara," a visually startling work of global cinematography. But there is a narrative, one by which the movie undermines itself.
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
August 30, 2012
It may be just more of the same from Fricke, but with his unique process, another incredible-looking lap around the world is more than welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 30, 2012
I'm certain that the desired effect was not to emerge depressed, but this had that effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 30, 2012
Twenty years after the breathtaking spectacle of Baraka, director Ron Fricke once more interleaves images of extraordinary natural beauty with rather less lovely sequences ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
August 30, 2012
A treat for eyes, ears, brain and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
August 29, 2012
This authentic and enlightening documentary is visually breathtaking, presenting awe-inspiring and juxtaposed shots of the Earth's many different cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 29, 2012
"Samsara" is a magical and lyrical film that lingers on its beautiful (and, sometimes, not-so-beautiful) imagery of places that few will ever get to see - save for here.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 28, 2012
Fricke's film reminds us there's an inspiring world out there, but his approach is badly in need of creative rebirth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
August 26, 2012
There's a somewhat tiresome degree of sermonising - the anti-commercial agenda is laid on pretty thick - but it's not enough to distract from this spectacular visual feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 24, 2012
Spectacular vistas shot in 70 millimeter are a fine way to spend time in a movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 23, 2012
A ridiculously ambitious cinematic experiment, a poetic and impressionistic visual essay shot entirely on 70mm film under exceptionally difficult conditions in dozens of locations scattered across five continents.
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
August 23, 2012
For a 102-minute film without any narration, you're not going to be bored for a single moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
August 23, 2012
The theme and concept of rebirth will surely not fascinate everyone, but it will take a lot of resistance not to at least be swept away by the imagery for an hour and a half.
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