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Based on 24 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is implicitly advocating a New Age or holistic perspective, with a dollop of Eastern religion added for good measure. (The title is Sanskrit meaning "wheel of life.") show more

  • 50
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    It's a purely sensory journey until the pictures start making editorial comments, in slaughterhouses and garbage dumps. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Oddly, there isn't as much originality as you'd expect from a global search for meaning. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is the kind of experience you simply sink into. show more

  • 100
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    With a title taken from an American Indian word for "life out of balance," Godfrey Reggio's wordless documentary lured dreamers into the sacred cave of cinema, where they ingested the serial music of Philip Glass and the time-lapse imagery of cinematographer Ron Fricke. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Samsara is gorgeous. And sometimes, depending on expectations, looks are enough. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Ron Fricke's film is a brightly hued bauble, fit for rapturous contemplation. show more

  • 63
    New York Post

    The drawbacks to this often rhapsodically beautiful film lie not in the journey itself, but in the preachy detours taken along the way. show more

  • 38
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The result is like an issue of National Geographic gone mad. show more

  • March 02, 2013 ud00000000139542
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    As Baraka , Samsara will live on for generations not forgotten like most, these are Epic productions.

  • January 10, 2013 kjpmbos
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    Very powerful message. Should be shown in schools. A masterpiece. Congratulations. J.P. Boston

  • December 04, 2012 nf00000000133503
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    Amazeballs scenes. Poignant message.

  • November 18, 2012 av00000000069517
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    Ok, the person who submitted a review saying that this is a disturbing film. Either A: lives under a rock and has no idea what happens throughout the world on a daily basis. B: Has never seen a Ron Fricke film. or C: fails to try and find the beauty in all things. Just saying....

  • September 24, 2012 cb00000000129452
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    This is one of the worst movies that I have seen in my 53 years. It was so disturbing and depressing, I would advise even my worst enemy to see it. My wife felt the same way. She was physically sick after the movie, it was so disturbing to her.

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