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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: 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!!! Collapse
  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. Expand