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  • Summary: Brad Pitt stars in the soaring adventure and incredible true story of an Austrian prisoner of war who is transformed by his friendship with the young Dalai Lama.  (Sony)
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 136 min
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 80
    This moving story is full of breathtaking compositions, gorgeous spectacle, and inspiring philosophies articulated by sympathetic figures.
  2. The movie is a star vehicle at heart, aimed more at marketing Pitt's popularity than probing complexities of empire-building and cultural clash that trouble the Tibetan region to this day.
  3. French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who brought his interest in self-discovery and untamed places to Quest for Fire, The Lover, and the IMAX 3-D film Wings of Courage, is at his best re-creating the serene exoticism of the Dalai Lama's Tibet. But the spark of the holy that the Dalai Lama lights in Harrer flickers only fitfully in all the wind in this production.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Despite some magnificent widescreen lensing, faultless ethnographic detail and a timely sympathy for the plight of the Tibetan people, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's true-life tale about a self-obsessed Austrian mountaineer who learns selflessness in the Himalayas too rarely delivers at a simple emotional level.
  5. Pitt isn't a bad actor, but he's way out of his depth and never disappears into the character -- a selfish rogue who gets a jolt of enlightenment at the feet of the Dalai Lama -- the way a superior actor like Daniel Day-Lewis might have.
  6. 50
    Unfortunately, this visually sumptuous epic is the very definition of a "prestige production," swaddled in good taste and better intentions.
  7. 10
    Seven Years in Tibet feels more like Seven Days in the Movie Theater. It refuses to come alive--not even when Brad Pitt, hirsute as a yak, wanders the frozen Himalayas with an Austrian accent that probably gave his dialogue coach hives.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Dec 10, 2013
    10
    One of the best movies of the 90s the acting, writing and the pure feeling of adventure. This is a must see for travelers and explorers, for people who don't explore the world this might not be their cup of tea. Its a movie to sit back and in joy, and not to take so serious it's political history. Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2014
    7
    Seven years in Tibet is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer, an austrian mountain-climber that accepted some nazi's money, in 1939, to hammer a flag on the top of a himalaya mountain. But the war is declared and he's being kept in prison until he makes his way out with a convicted fellow. There begin his journey through the himalaya until Lhasa,the capital of Tibet. He meets the Dalai-Lama and the movie is about this friendship. It's a really beautiful story about discovering new cultures, new ways of thinking. It's about hospitality and trust in human ressources to be united. Although I would say that it's now really romanticized, it's still one of these movies that will make you feel good if you like to travel. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    A pretty underrated piece, this is one of Pitt's most underappreciated films, great storytelling and amazing acting.We follow the characters in their journey in this great 7 year epic. Expand

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