10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
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The deeply philosophical and spiritual documentary 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama finds the questing filmmaker and intellectual Rick Ray visiting with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama -- widely regarded as one of the wisest men in the world -- and asking His Holiness such questions as: "Why are the poor traditionally so much happier than the wealthy?"; "Is it necessary for a society to abandon its centuries-old traditions to move into the future?"; and "How does one committed to nonviolence respond when faced with inevitable violence?" In approaching these… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Part history lesson and part profile, the film presents a concise, cogent account of recent Tibetan history as well as an engrossing onscreen conversation with one of the world's great spiritual leaders."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The 11th question would be: Does a TV-grade travelogue followed by a halfway-decent Q&A warrant a theatrical release?"
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"A refreshing, informative and worthy documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"With luscious cinematography and awe-inspiring humanity, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama is one of the most electrifying documentaries to be released this year."
‑ Chelsea Bain, Boston Herald
"10 Questions works extremely well as an introduction to the Dalai Lama and offers a tantalizing peek at the dynamic and even mischievous personality of this influential man."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"There have been several documentaries about the Dalai Lama, but few have done a better job of packaging the Tibetan religious leader's circumstances, both historical and current, along with his philosophies, than 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"It may be destined to become the definitive film on The Dalai Lama."
‑ Geoffrey Kleinman, DVDTalk.com
"[Director] Ray interjects observations about his own travels like a backup musician who thinks he's the frontman. A little less cowbell, please."
‑ Graham Killeen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
""10 Questions for the Dalai Lama" is a tedious title for an anything-but-tedious film that expertly merges the mystical and the mundane."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The film never rises above the spiritual or intellectual level of a TV news anchor. It is a dispiriting film to watch, if you have any real interest in the subject."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"[Ray's] particular interest in Asia serves him well as he explores the Dalai Lama's world."
‑ Loey Lockerby, Kansas City Star
"A slam-dunk for history classes -- informative and challenging, touching on issues of free speech, modernity, democracy, and globalism."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
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