Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 17, 2014
    100
    By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness.
  2. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Apr 16, 2014
    100
    Among the many remarkable qualities boasted by Manakamana, perhaps the most surprising is its humor.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 15, 2014
    100
    You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 27, 2014
    100
    On the whole, Manakamana succeeds by creating the ongoing anticipation of something, anything to happen next, a wholly unique sensation specific to its inventive design.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jun 4, 2014
    88
    Despite our narrow angle on Nepal, Manakamana peers into lives at close range.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 15, 2014
    88
    A haunting experience, one that requires patience (and then some) but that offers spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic rewards beyond the immediate power of words to describe.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Mar 27, 2014
    81
    It is amazing, given the modesty of its scope and means, how much Manakamana is able to achieve.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 26, 2014
    80
    Observational with a vengeance, more an art piece than a conventional motion picture, Manakamana is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted.
  9. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 17, 2014
    80
    It’s the closest I’ve seen a film come to an act of genuine hypnosis.
  10. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 27, 2014
    80
    Patterns emerge by virtue of repetition.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mar 27, 2014
    80
    For all its manipulations and self-imposed restrictions, Manakamana is expansive, intricate and surprisingly playful.
  12. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Apr 17, 2014
    75
    Really, though, the film’s focus is on neither the destination nor the journey, but on the individuals planting themselves in front of the lens.
  13. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Apr 13, 2014
    75
    Filmmakers Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez insist that altered spectatorship, particularly patience and duration, is the foundation of cinematic edification.
  14. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 15, 2014
    70
    Manakamana is both calming and imagination-sparking, forcing viewers to look at human faces for 10-minute stretches, whether those faces are talking excitedly or quietly looking around.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 18, 2014
    7
    Pretty neat concept. Made me think of James Benning in a cable car. If you like his films, you will most definitely like this one. Bring your coffee!!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2014
    5
    Directed by two people: one, not listed here on Metacritic (not surprised), has shown great dedication to Nepal over the years. The other, is ready to pick up his award. Full Review »