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Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela Reviews

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February 10, 2005
Dismisses context in favor of bizarre sights and sounds. Directors Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day seem awed by their surroundings to the point of paralysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2004
Only the slightest historical information is offered and no spiritual background whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2005
Filmmakers Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day are much more taken with the conventionish sideshow (there are estimates of these crowds ranging from 30 million to 70 million, making these the largest gatherings of humanity ever) than the deeper content.
July 9, 2005
Unless you're utterly fascinated by the minutiae of Hinduism, you may find yourself wishing for more story to this story -- and this film does not oblige.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2005
Instead of being pilgrims ourselves, we feel like we're sightseers who stopped by on the tour bus to gawk at the locals, take a few pictures, and then hop back on.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2004
The filmmakers don't ask specific questions about the religious requirements of the various gurus that could have shed more light.
November 19, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 14, 2005
There's a little something for everyone, though not quite enough for anyone looking for spiritual truths to go along with randomly assembled glimpses of a modern-day religious carnival.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2005
Too scattershot to make a real point about the true nature of a spiritual path.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2005
An amiable and colorful, if dewy-eyed, documentary.
January 6, 2005
As an introduction to this mind-spinning festival, the film gets the job done.
February 24, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 8, 2005
The film gives an amazing feel for the complexity and diversity of such a massive event.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 14, 2005
An engrossing documentary that vividly presents the variety and vitality of Hindu devotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2005
While this documentary about a religious pilgrimage in India feels haphazard and superficial, the glimpses it offers are never less than fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2005
Short Cut to Nirvana grants us a visitor's complete immersion in this carnival atmosphere, all for the price of a movie ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 12, 2005
Highly recommended for anyone in search of a different answer to universal questions of faith and hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2005
As entertaining as it is illuminating.
April 13, 2005
Benazzo and Day can only scratch a monumental, perhaps impossible, surface, but their effort is a worthy introduction to what is more than a single life's task.
March 8, 2005
A fascinating look into a world few Americans are even aware of.
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