Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Jonathan Curiel
    100
    Documentaries can be informative, entertaining and provocative, but rare is the documentary that makes you feel so engaged (and enraged) that it prompts you to action somehow. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion is that kind of film.
  2. 90
    Riveting, eye-opening issue film.
  3. 90
    A more concise and affecting summation of the Tibetan crisis would be hard to imagine.
  4. Each revelation seems more disturbing than the next. But Chinese treatment of Tibetans is only half the heartbreak. The other is the amazing resilience of the Tibetans, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist.
  5. 88
    It is pretty convincing in its argument that China has every intention of destroying the culture of Tibetans.
  6. Assembles varied and remarkable digital video, archival footage, photographs, interviews and personal reflections and academics' perspectives to convey the scope and history of the Tibetan story.
  7. The most comprehensive and devastating documentary yet on that tragic country.
  8. More than worthy viewing. What it lacks at times in elegance it possesses in intensity and feeling.
  9. Though the Chinese government won't be too happy about it, everyone else ought to be deeply moved by the tragedies Peosay records.
  10. 75
    Part political thriller, part National Geographic travelogue, Tom Peosay's documentary is a distressing look at China's 50-year repression of the people of Tibet.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Less a documentary than a cry of outrage -- a series of exotic images that slowly turn horrifying.
  12. The exiled Tibetans who are interviewed display a lack of bitterness, a sympathy for their enemies and hope for the future that is inspiring.
  13. A passionate, well-made documentary that stresses how time is running out for a peaceful solution.
  14. Reviewed by: Thulani Davis
    70
    Pitched for a sympathetic American audience, the documentary goes for shock with the filmmakers' first trip to "the altar of the world" in 1987, when they happened to be caught in an uprising of monks that was violently crushed by the Chinese army.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    The film is, at times, emotionally riveting -- yet also has an institutional feeling, largely because it attempts to cover too much ground in too little time.
  16. 70
    I appreciated its cogent history lesson, which details China's brutal treatment of Tibetan nationals from the late 1940s through the Cultural Revolution and into the '80s, when it executed 15,000 dissidents.
  17. Reviewed by: Ellen Fox
    63
    The film itself is such a measured primer of talking heads and footage -- a broad, slick Tibet 101 -- that it seems better suited to the classroom than the big screen, despite its Himalayan scenery and rustic colors.
  18. 60
    Rather than rage, Peosay's film radiates sadness over a singular way of life in danger of imminent obliteration.
  19. The film is exhaustive -- and ultimately exhausting.

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