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January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2012
One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to perceive themes of circularity and renewal in Samsara, but it takes that level of patience to suffer its frequent low points with silence and good humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 4, 2012
A continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ken Marks
New Yorker
September 24, 2012
A Balinese dancer, an African tribesman, a disfigured marine, a Japanese stripper all stand composed, confident, and dignified, daring you to break the gaze.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 23, 2012
Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
September 14, 2012
"Samsara" finds the world a little less blessed than it was two decades ago, yet still beautiful, which seems to be the movie's primary message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 13, 2012
Fricke and his crew capture such moments as a Hawaiian volcano erupting to life with a stunning, you-are-there clarity. But the film winds up being a collection of striking visuals without any emotional heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2012
"Samsara" is a ravishing visual experience, but it carries a message that at least some viewers will find less than compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 6, 2012
The result is like an issue of National Geographic gone mad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 6, 2012
Samsara stares at Asian temples, African tribesmen, and chickens bound for slaughter with the same blank eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 6, 2012
A world of wonders without a guide or an agenda, "Samsara" rewards a leap of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 6, 2012
Fricke's Super 70 Panavision camera gives us ravishing images without comment, allowing us to infer whatever connections we choose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 6, 2012
Any sincerity inherent in the project is overwhelmed by the manufactured awe of its godawful New Age score.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2012
"Samsara" is gorgeous. And sometimes, depending on expectations, looks are enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 6, 2012
Filmed over five years, in locations in 25 countries, it is the kind of experience you simply sink into.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 23, 2012
The world "Samsara" gives us is strange and beautiful, and in places disturbing, but it also seems manageable, even in its vastness, and perhaps too easily consumed through beautiful images.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 23, 2012
Fricke and Magidson, who shot on 70mm film, have found some extraordinary beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 23, 2012
Visually, it's often remarkable - even if, like those multicolored sands, it too quickly slips away.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 23, 2012
No film can possibly capture the human experience as globally and completely as Samsara attempts to, but there's something stubbornly endearing about the way it tries and the surrender it demands ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 21, 2012
It's the equivalent of eyes-agog wonderment and New Age communion. But it's not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
August 21, 2012
Outs Fricke and Magidson as high-minded aesthete snobs.