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Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela Reviews

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
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
April 15, 2005
A documentary chronicle of the 2001 Kumbh Mela, a sort of spiritual Woodstock held every 12 years near Allahabad, India.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2005
Mostly, Benazzo and Day leave us alone to take in the extraordinary sights and sounds.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
April 12, 2005
The directors and subjects evince enough contagious ecstasy to gladden the most angst-ridden Western hearts.
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.
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+
January 13, 2005
Benazzo and Day offer a nice overview on such a colossal event, which gets surprisingly little attention from the Western media.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
December 10, 2004
A snapshot of the festival, one that radiates good cheer and offers moments of true, godly goodness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2004
Overall tenor amplifies Kumbh Mela's own atmosphere of tolerance, generosity, and earnest spiritual questing.
November 19, 2004
Only the slightest historical information is offered and no spiritual background whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4