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Unmistaken Child Reviews

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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
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.
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
June 1, 2009
As lovely as the elegiac music and breathtaking shots of the Tibetan countryside are in Unmistaken Child, they don't really move things along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
June 2, 2009
a very rough but dedicated character study
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
May 29, 2009
While an appealing combination of travelogue, spiritual improvement story and road movie, Unmistaken Child fails to fully capitalize on its intriguing subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
June 2, 2009
This documentary about the arcane rituals involved in identifying a child who is a reincarnated lama will leave audiences%u2014except perhaps Buddhists%u2014with far too many unanswered questions.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 31, 2009
Who knew reincarnation could be such a lovely snooze?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 9, 2009
moderately engaging and fascinating, but without enough insightful and more provocative interviews, it merely scratches the surface of Tibetan reincarnation rather than delving profoundly into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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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
Mark R. Leeper
May 27, 2009
The film suggests the viewer see the proceedings in two ways, as a believer might and as an unbeliever might. This makes it really two films.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
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
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
July 2, 2009
Adorable, moving, bewildering, sad and, ultimately, peaceful.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 2, 2009
A compelling, enlightening, and emotionally absorbing real time documentation of the quest for a reincarnated Tibetan master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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.
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-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 3, 2009
Unmistaken Child documents the four-year search of Tenzin Zopa, a gentle, baby-faced 28-year-old Nepalese monk.
| Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 3, 2009
The movie is a drama of faith, a Tibetan monk's search for the reincarnation of his beloved master Lama Konchog.
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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
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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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