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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. Throughout the film cause and effect, the mainspring of most narratives, is replaced by a sense of spiritual synchronicity.
  3. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    80
    Scorcese has made one of his best and most personal films...Kundun is also mercifully free of white teachers or saviors, such as, oh, say, Brad Pitt?
  4. May not be the ultimate word on the Tibetan situation, or even the Dalai Lama, but its heart seems to be in the right place; and it's entertaining enough to give audiences an emotional sense of the story. [16 January 1998, p.N32]
  5. 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.
  6. It's all very beautiful, not to mentioned high-minded. But the loftiness comes at a sacrifice.
  7. At once spectacular and inert -- a mosaic impersonating a movie; an empty-shell epic.

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