Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer
Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004)

Directed by Ralph Torjan, this documentary profiles the life of self-proclaimed shaman Carlos Castaneda. Castaneda's LSD-induced visions and other explorations of "non-ordinary reality" helped him develop a devoted following… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Dennis Harvey

Though interviews here are primarily with former camp followers and pic was made by one, overall perspective is just critical enough to satisfy both New Age types and curious skeptics.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Not only doesn't provide any real information, it barely manages to convey why we should care.

E! Online

True believers will be thrilled that someone even made a movie about their hero; everyone else will find better-produced material on cable access.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Unless you are already a fan of Castaneda, the film is likely to leave you feeling as though you've just watched a very long, lost episode of that old TV series In Search of ...

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Was Carlos Castaneda a great spiritual leader or a cynical con man? A digital video documentary struggles with that question but ultimately declines to answer it.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The trippy omnipresent bluescreen opticals and the incessant electronic score are both distracting and headache inducing.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Even ignoring the low-grade aesthetics, the documentary feels like you've stepped into a geek-nerd convention where all but hardcore initiates will be either bored or amused by the proceedings.

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Ed Halter
Village Voice

If only there were drugs strong enough to make it all bearable.

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Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine

It will leave true believers deeply disillusioned and everybody else apathetic.