Journey to Mecca
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This historical documentary narrated by actor Ben Kingsley takes a look at the exciting and inspiring story of Ibn Battuta, an explorer whose journey in the year 1326 from Tangier to Mecca contributed to what is now a sacred tradition for millions of Muslims every year. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While there's stunning scenery in the movie, it's mostly a backdrop to a narrative that's more about spirit than spectacle. In this case, the subject of the film is something that can't be captured on any size screen."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"While "Journey to Mecca" was filmed specifically for exhibition in Imax theaters, it is not quite the visual treat that other Imax films have been. Still, it is the true, inspiring story -----"
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"The storytelling may be pedestrian, but the swooping aerial images of the massed pilgrims journeying on camels and circling the Kabba are wondrous to behold."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Journey to Mecca is sure to gladden the hearts of spiritual-seekers. Mere popcorn enthusiasts will like it too."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Only the splendid visuals offer much that is fresh."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"In a complex world of religious mistrust, misunderstanding and violence, the new IMAX film Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta is about peace and enlightenment."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"As far as promoting a better understanding of the religion of Islam to the Western world, I think "Journey to Mecca" has provided a valiant beginning."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"It mixes historic reconstruction with modern footage, and it could be a little cheesy were it not for the spectacular images of Mount Arafat covered with white-clad pilgrims..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
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