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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Stunning, odd, glorious, calm and sensationally absorbing. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Stately but static. [23 December 1997, p.3D] show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Brilliant. [24 December 1997, p. 24] show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Whether Kundun is a perfect movie or not, it's an important and beautiful one. Scorsese's movie takes us into a world we've rarely seen with this kind of sympathy or detail: a magical-looking society built on Buddhism and centuries of art and tradition. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A great film about a good man. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It provides a deep spirituality, but denies the Dalai Lama humanity; he is permitted certain little human touches, but is essentially an icon, not a man. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Taking great commercial risks, director Martin Scorsese avoids movie-star performances and the psychological storytelling that Hollywood movies normally thrive on. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Most of the film is dull and soporific. Breathtaking photography without emotional involvement can take an audience only so far. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Martin Scorsese is certainly one of the great living movie directors. Sadly, this does not mean he can't make a mistake. Kundun is a mistake. show more

  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Scorcese has made one of his best and most personal films...Kundun is also mercifully free of white teachers or saviors, such as, oh, say, Brad Pitt? show more

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