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  • Summary: Brain scientist Professor Richard Davidson sets up his mind to conduct an unusual experiment: He will teach American war veterans and children meditation and yoga.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 17, 2013
    70
    There's something healing about simply watching Free the Mind, Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo's gentle, compassionate documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    May 2, 2013
    63
    Phie Ambo deftly captures her subjects' sense of paranoia and helplessness without encroaching on their brave candor.
  3. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Oct 10, 2013
    63
    Though perhaps more suited to PBS or classrooms than to movie screens, the documentary is engrossing and just may encourage more people to look less to pharmacology for answers and more within.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 2, 2013
    50
    Ms. Ambo communicates the notion of compassion and calm as something teachable, but perhaps feeling already convinced, she’s less ambitious as a filmmaker about taking her subject and her portraits to another level.
  5. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Apr 30, 2013
    30
    Ambo's argument is frayed by her arbitrary recommendations of meditation as a panacea for unrelated psychological difficulties. Even more baffling, the director neglects to define this culturally and geographically variable practice with any exactitude.

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