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  • Summary: Martin Scorsese directs the incredible true story of one of the world's most fascinating leaders -- Tibet's Dali Lama and his daring struggle to rule a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history. (BV Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Aug 2, 2011
    100
    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.
  2. A great film about a good man.
  3. 80
    Kundun, which was written by Melissa Mathison ("E.T.") from interviews conducted with the Dalai Lama, doesn't make you greedy for its images the way some gorgeous films do. It allows you to drink each one in tranquilly.
  4. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    70
    Unlike this year's earlier Tibetan-themed biopic, "Seven Years in Tibet", Martin Scorsese's quietly devastating film really IS about the Dalai Lama.
  5. It's all very beautiful, not to mentioned high-minded. But the loftiness comes at a sacrifice.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    The music ties together all the pretty pictures, gives the narrative some momentum, and helps to induce a kind of alert detachment, so that you're neither especially interested nor especially bored. Perhaps that's a state of Buddhist enlightenment.
  7. At once spectacular and inert -- a mosaic impersonating a movie; an empty-shell epic.

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