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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
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  1. CharlesL.
    Apr 16, 2004
    0
    Total non-sense. I have been to tibit. And all of the stuff they shown in the movie is either total bullsh.t or extremely dramatized. In essence, it is just a political film used to undermine the image of China.
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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 90
    A more concise and affecting summation of the Tibetan crisis would be hard to imagine.