Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 75
    The director, American-born Paula Fouce, has a passion for the holy ways of the East, and it shines through in Naked in Ashes.
  2. An inspirational and cautionary film.
  3. The beautifully crafted Naked in Ashes is the third of four documentaries made by Fouce, who for three decades has studied and embraced the religious teachings found in Nepal, India and Tibet. Her family name is familiar to longtime Angelenos; her grandfather Frank Fouce Sr. was a Hollywood film pioneer and a major exhibitor in downtown Los Angeles and elsewhere for decades.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    A respectful, illuminating appreciation of a few of the estimated 13 million yogis in India.
  5. 70
    By turns fascinating, puzzling and troubling -- a deeply felt account of the varieties of religious experience but also a thoroughly uncritical apologia for fanaticism.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Zimmer
    60
    Naked reads, in places, like a street fair on the Santa Monica Pier. But it's utterly sincere about the practices it depicts.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    Ms. Fouce has gained unprecedented access to her subjects, but her own admiration for them makes this documentary more heartfelt than it is rigorous.
  8. Plenty thought-provoking, but it's not much of a movie and ultimately inspires curiosity rather than passion.
  9. Reviewed by: Tina-Louise Reid
    40
    In spite of its aspirations toward enlightenment, Naked in Ashes leaves its audiences bewildered.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The film pulls off the remarkable feat of immersing a viewer in their world without providing any insights whatsoever.
  11. Makes no effort to learn about the culture. It idolizes the idea of spiritual purity without offering any insight into what it really means.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. JeffB.
    Jan 4, 2007
    10
    Great documentary with excellent music. The scenery is beautiful and the camera work outstanding. Being not a yoga person myself, I found Great documentary with excellent music. The scenery is beautiful and the camera work outstanding. Being not a yoga person myself, I found this film very fascinating and interesting. It was great to have the yogis tell us what they are willing to give up to live the way they do. A must-see film for anyone, and especially, those into yoga. A+ Full Review »
  2. jonm.
    Nov 6, 2005
    10
    The reviewer from the LA Weekly must have watched a different movie, been ignorant of the East and, therefore, out of touch with what is The reviewer from the LA Weekly must have watched a different movie, been ignorant of the East and, therefore, out of touch with what is being documented in the movie or is just plain dense beyond belief. It is astounding how the film makers were so trusted by the Holy Men that they were almost able to be "in their face" without them "acting" or "perfoming" for the camera. The "interviews" seemed to be very natural and uncontrived, the documentation of events seemed to be straightforwardly presented and the movie as a whole is a great achievement that brings insight to the West. Full Review »
  3. BernardC.
    Nov 4, 2005
    10
    Now this is how we should be teaching our children about cinema!