Kumaré
Kumaré (2012)

A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumare follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 2013
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

What started as a long, elaborate joke becomes a journey, both for Gandhi's students and for the filmmaker himself.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

As "Kumaré" plays out, both Gandhi and the film become something else, something much more thoughtful and moving.

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Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

Kumaré might be a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt, but Gandhi drowns his padded documentary with a voiceover that is all Morgan Spurlock, deaf to its self-aggrandizement.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

Your view of the film may hinge on whether you can accept the ethics of his fakery.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

It's a fascinating social experiment, but not much of a movie.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

The film's notion that the ruse here was okay because it ultimately helped people seems like a specious rationalization.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

There's a Morgan Spurlock narcissism to "Kumaré." It could just as well have been called "Super-Spiritualize Me."

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

When I first heard this film described, I assumed it would be a satirical, snarky comedy like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat." Not so.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

A bogus guru sends a message about the nature of spiritual leadership today in this "Is it for real?" documentary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This documentary deals with an experiment done by the director Vikram Gandhi. He decided to pretend to be a yogi guru and presented himself as someone he… More
Jeffrey Meyers
In Kumare, Vikram Gandhi sets out to prove how faulty the idea of a guru is, and seeks to illustrate his point by becoming one himself. What ensues is an… More
Matthew Slaven
By the end, I was cringing for the man and his 14 followers who came to deeply trust him. In the beginning, these people were film props being used by a young… More
Kevin Mozulay
Kumare is a solid documentary that challenges peoples' need to follow. Vikram, the man who becomes Kumare proves that people do not need a religion or cult… More