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Siddhartha Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 22, 2002
Faithful but flat and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
July 19, 2002
In the end, Siddhartha the movie fails in its attempt to explore and question and meditate. You can't be meditative while running through a field and leaping over foxholes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
November 6, 2002
nothing but wide and confusing circles
| Original Score: 3/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 25, 2003
This is a case where the true seeker must journey to the original source!
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2002
Unless you are fully into the subtleties of Hinduism, you are likely to find it rather flat and lethargic.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 1, 2002
Like Chappaqua, the movie doesn't live up to the legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 26, 2002
A gentle reminder of just how much life and movies have changed -- not entirely for the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
Rook uses images and music to bring the book to life without sacrificing any of its gentleness
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 23, 2003
Its visual beauty is compelling and its emotions are kindled from within, as it takes off from the source of its literary roots and becomes a pure cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Hall
Film Threat
July 1, 2002
A sublime achievement, in many ways superior to the Hesse novel.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
Shawn Levy
December 13, 2002
Shooting largely in natural light, Nykvist creates a poetry more beautiful than Hesse's prose and as profound as the author's message.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
October 18, 2002
Apologies to Conrad Rooks, but the only reason his 1972 film, Siddhartha, is getting a 30th-anniversary rerelease is the appeal of seeing Sven Nykvist's amazing cinematography restored to its full splendor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
September 17, 2002
Sven Nykvist's golden-hued cinematography perfectly suits Hesse's mind-expanding narrative of Buddhist enlightenment.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
July 11, 2002
Rather than living on as reminder of India in the early 1900s, the film now exists as a period piece of another sort, namely, as a cult film of the psychedelic era.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
September 26, 2002
A beautiful and timeless achievement, Conrad Rooks' 1972 adaptation of Herman Hesse's appropriation of East Indian mythology still entrances.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 16, 2005
A lovely, evocative piece that may come across as stodgy and obvious thirty years after its release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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