Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. They are naturals at acting, not because they're good at lying but because they can't be phony.
  2. The dance between authenticity and storymaking works beautifully.
  3. This sensuous, exotic film is more like an issue of "National Geographic" come to life, rich with cultural detail and insight.
  4. 88
    Most of the performers have limited acting experience, but they are perfect for their parts, exhibiting the courage, stamina and wariness essential to live in such a harsh environment.
  5. 88
    Himalaya does for yak caravans what "Red River" did for cattle drives: it sees them as the stuff of epic conquest.
  6. Not quite a masterpiece perhaps, but a visually stunning mountain drama, and an absorbing look at a dying culture.
  7. 80
    Captured extraordinary performances from a cast of non-actors, as well as magnificent images of a vast landscape.
  8. 75
    A film of unusual visual beauty and enormous intrinsic interest.
  9. The plot is woven from minutely observed details that beautifully evoke a rarely seen world.
  10. It's human drama, high and mighty.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    (Valli) brings an ethnographer's eye for detail to a plot that amounts to little more than the good old generation gap.
  12. Complexity and personality among key figures keeps Himalaya involving throughout its grueling journey and lifts the film above the merely ethnographic.
  13. It's the tortoise and the hare, Nepalese-style, and it's surprisingly dramatic.
  14. 63
    Himalaya doesn't need a traditional story line to transport the viewer into another, fascinating world.
  15. 63
    One of the most beautiful movies you're likely to see this year. And the cast members, all amateurs, are first-rate.
  16. Reviewed by: Chris Fujiwara
    Valli's touch as an artist is too light, and his dramatic sense too timid, to make the film much more than a collection of pretty pictures.
  17. 60
    The cast is largely nonprofessional, and the story has the simplicity of myth.
  18. 60
    Himalaya lacks such lightness, humor, and grace, offering instead the surface beauty of an ancient and inviolate culture.
  19. Somehow, in spite of the stunning vistas and some witty and affecting moments, the story seems to unfold at a distance; the human drama is diminished by the setting rather than amplified by it.

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