Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 18, 2012
    75
    What I've come away with is a notion of a land which, despite its crushing problems, has produced a population that seems extraordinarily radiant.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 18, 2012
    75
    This documentary is not just interesting, but timely.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 18, 2012
    63
    A solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    Robert H. Lieberman, a novelist, filmmaker and professor at Cornell University, took three years to shoot documentary footage surreptitiously during assignments for the United States Embassy and a nongovernment organization. The result is eye-opening and insightful.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 18, 2012
    70
    And yet it still works, so buoyed is the film by its open and honest take on a subject that would have been all too easy to turn into another marketable tragedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 18, 2012
    60
    Only Lieberman's intrusive, slightly arrogant onscreen presence distracts from the profile, introducing an unwanted hint of American privilege to the film's perspective.
  7. Reviewed by: Karsten Kastelan
    Sep 18, 2012
    70
    A compelling portrait of an entire nation being kept in captivity and ignorance.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Sep 18, 2012
    75
    The images and interviews Robert H. Lieberman and his crew have managed to capture are eye-opening enough to justify the dangerous effort.

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