Decoding Deepak
Decoding Deepak (2012)

Film-maker and journalist Gotham Chopra embarks on a year long roadtrip with his father Deepak Chopra in an attempt to resolve the spiritual icon he is to the world vs. the real man known to his family. From devoted disciples that range… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 15, 2013
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

There is precious little table-turning or real insight in "Decoding Deepak" - unless uncovering a passion for Starbucks and a preference for upscale hotels counts as takedown material.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Like its subject, the movie is not as calculating as it seems.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Glossy tribute from a son to his eminent guru of a papa is not so different, even with all that spirituality, from recent film portraits of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

"Decoding" ultimately becomes Gotham's gentle tribute to Dad, who shall probably provide handsomely for his heirs. It is also a tacit endorsement of Chopra Inc.

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Michael Nordine
Village Voice

As much an exercise in self-help as it is a demystification of its title character.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A documentary following Deepak Chopra, a fireball of energy, creativity and spiritual vision, on the road for a year, filmed by his son.

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Scott Bowles
USA Today

While Decoding offers some tantalizing insights into the celebrity guru, the movie, at its core, is playing out daddy issues as the filmmaker wonders aloud about whether his dad has gotten too big for his britches.

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Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine

Tthe film feels amateurish and leaves a lot to be desired as a documentary on one of the world's biggest spiritual icons.

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Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

Unlike his father, Gotham Chopra is more interested in his own latent daddy issues than with questions of cosmic import.

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