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  • Summary: High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana.


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: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 15, 2014
    100
    You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit.
  3. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Apr 16, 2014
    100
    Among the many remarkable qualities boasted by Manakamana, perhaps the most surprising is its humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 27, 2014
    80
    Patterns emerge by virtue of repetition.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 17, 2014
    80
    It’s the closest I’ve seen a film come to an act of genuine hypnosis.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 2, 2014
    9
    Little replay value here, but, upon first viewing, Manakamana makes for a trance-inducing, indescribably moving and undeniably human documentary. I don't want to spoil the premise, but lets just say that a vast majority of people will hate this film and probably dip out 5-10 minutes in. I don't blame them. It is not for everyone. Patient viewers will find themselves in rapture for what is easily my favorite documentary of 2014 so far. This film pushes the boundaries of what we can consider a 'narrative'. The movie preys on our socially analytical nature as observers, voyeurs more like it. I dare you to sit through the whole film. Don't see it with friends or other people. You may be influenced to make distracting conversation. Engage this in your own quiet way and test yourself to see how far you can go without a break. My eyes were glued to the screen. I didn't look away once. Expand
  2. 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!!! Expand
  3. 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. Expand