Crazy Wisdom
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Chogyam Trungpa, renowned Tibetan Buddhist leader, shattered notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave when he renounced his monk's vows & eloped with a sixteen year-old aristocrat. Twenty years after his death, Trungpa's name still evokes admiration and outrage. What made him tick? And just what is enlightenment, anyway? -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film may be of greatest interest to those already familiar with Trungpa. Others may wonder at the shortage of critical perspective, and may find themselves less than wholly sympathetic to Trungpa's controversial actions."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"It plays more like a TV infomercial than an unbiased examination of the Tibetan's controversial life."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Worth a look for the curious."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Crazy Wisdom appears to follow Trungpa's philosophical lead, in the sense that it doesn't criticize his behaviors, though it does consider his "times.""
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"An edifying documentary on the life and times of the controversial Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher and spiritual warrior whose mission was to build an enlightened society."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Demetrakas has decided to simply present the man in all his demanding complexities and let him and his encounters with associates speak for themselves."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"I detected only charlatanism."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"There is not enough balanced afford Crazy Wisdom anything other than a perfunctory nod; it unfolds like a fan letter to a rock star, forgiving of the debauched lifestyle the star leads because they have a beautiful voice."
‑ Simon Foster,
"A subject perhaps worthy of a documentary, but hopelessly obscured by fawning and myopia."
‑ Brent Simon,
"The under rug-sweeping of the doc's eccentric flaws would be less grating if it elucidated Chögyam Trungpa's ideas with more clarity."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"The movie goes mushy when it should be critical, and leaves you with questions that it's not prepared to answer."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"The late Chogyam Trungpa's very colorful life makes for a most engaging narrative here."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Well-shot and edited, but low on provocative insight."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Whether the viewer adheres to, or even grasps, Eastern religion, this look inside the guru entertains."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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