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  • Summary: A best-selling author for 30 years, Carlos Castaneda inspired millions to break free from social dogma, fueling controversy over his work's authenticity and assertions of perceiving non-ordinary reality. Genius, guru, cult leader or fraud? No one really knows. Over three years in theA best-selling author for 30 years, Carlos Castaneda inspired millions to break free from social dogma, fueling controversy over his work's authenticity and assertions of perceiving non-ordinary reality. Genius, guru, cult leader or fraud? No one really knows. Over three years in the making, this shocking expose explores Castaneda's mythic impact and controversial teachings. Candid interviews backed with dazzling experimental footage offer and intense visual and intellectual experience. (Indican Pictures) Collapse
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    50
    Amounts to an infomercial posing as an expose.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Though interviews here are primarily with former camp followers and pic was made by one, overall perspective is just critical enough to satisfy both New Age types and curious skeptics.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    50
    Does little to unravel the riddle of the title. Unless you are already a fan of Castaneda, the film is likely to leave you feeling as though you've just watched a very long, lost episode of that old TV series "In Search of ..."
  4. 40
    It becomes hard to tell just what Castaneda was advocating, apart from the liberal use of psychedelic drugs.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Marred by lack of a clear strategy and an over-reliance on audio-visual trickery.
  6. 30
    The obvious, cliché-ridden visual style of this probe into the life, work and legacy of Carlos Castaneda ends up working very much against its subject.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    10
    If only there were drugs strong enough to make it all bearable: This never ending Learning Annex K-hole provides damning proof that independent film distribution has grown far too accessible.

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