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Unmistaken Child Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2010
Visually stunning and moving religious documentary that gives the outsider a rare eyewitness report on the four-year search for the rebirth of a Tibetan lama in Nepal.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
December 6, 2009
Along the way, we are treated to a tour of spiritual belief, Buddhist ceremony and rural life in this remote region.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 22, 2009
How far can an incredibly cute kid and an incredibly beautiful setting go toward making a movie worthwhile? Not far enough, as indicated by Unmistaken Child.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 2, 2009
At once a compelling story and a meditative experience -- not something you'll find in Hollywood karma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 2, 2009
This documentary is only partly a story of the chosen one; mainly, and more intriguingly, it's a chronicle of the choosing one, of the nervous young monk charged with the job of leading the search party.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2009
Films that address faith and love as eloquently as this moving 2008 documentary are rare.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
October 2, 2009
The film is fascinating on every level -- as a portrait of a willing servant in a complex, powerful and inscrutable religious system and a feast of spectacular sights and unusual mundane events in a corner of the world rarely exposed to prying eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 14, 2009
Even atheists may find their world rocked by Nati Baratz's Unmistaken Child.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 31, 2009
Who knew reincarnation could be such a lovely snooze?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2009
[Director] Baratz doesn't ask any of the obvious questions, preferring to observe uncritically, and if you can do the same, you may find Unmistaken Child worth seeing. I could not, and grew restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 16, 2009
[Director] Baratz's access to every stage of the process -- from Zopa's selection of a candidate to the testing of that candidate to the blessing of the Dalai Lama himself -- is phenomenal, almost indescribably privileged.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 16, 2009
You could argue that the film would be stronger if it explained more fully and asked more questions, yet "Unmistaken Child'' stands as a window on a beautiful and mysterious world. The questions it leaves hanging are for us to untangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 6, 2009
Baratz's work may not be the slickest, but he took a risk and followed through under arduous conditions to let an audience share in a mystical journey. The film itself is an act of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
July 2, 2009
Adorable, moving, bewildering, sad and, ultimately, peaceful.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 26, 2009
A compelling documentary about events that followed the 2001 death of the revered Tibetan master Geshe Lama Kochog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennifer Merin
June 22, 2009
A rare, intimate look at Tibetan Buddhists' search for the reincarnation of a deceased Lama, this beautifully filmed documetary is an extraordinary spiritual travelog, with all the dramatic elements of an exotic, enthralling fantasy
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 15, 2009
A most intimate look at the recognition of a peasant child as a prophet. A masterpiece of understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2009
Its privileged glimpse deep into unfamiliar spiritual territory has the strength of revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
June 12, 2009
Unmistaken Child stands above most others in offering us an intimate look at Tibetan Buddhism in action, with no external commentary or narration.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 4, 2009
Baratz's apparent willingness to accept everything at face value papers over some of the more troubling aspects of Tenzin's mission, but Unmistaken Child allows the mysteries of the process to be preserved without judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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