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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 connections with people from all walks of life -- and wondering if and when to reveal his true self. Will his followers accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? Winner of South by Southwest's Audience Award, Kumare is an insightful look at faith and belief. -- (C) Kino Lorber

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What started as a long, elaborate joke becomes a journey, both for Gandhi's students and for the filmmaker himself."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"As "Kumaré" plays out, both Gandhi and the film become something else, something much more thoughtful and moving."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Ann Lewinson, Boston Phoenix
"Skims over the vast topic of religion-divorced spirituality, particularly as attached to yoga, with a calculated superficiality..."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"Sharply shot, edited and costumed doc about a fake Indian guru who teaches his disciples more than he could have imagined."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Your view of the film may hinge on whether you can accept the ethics of his fakery."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a fascinating social experiment, but not much of a movie."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"The film's notion that the ruse here was okay because it ultimately helped people seems like a specious rationalization."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"A spiritually challenging documentary about guru-disciple relationships and taking responsibility for our own spiritual growth and maturation."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"There's a Morgan Spurlock narcissism to "Kumaré." It could just as well have been called "Super-Spiritualize Me.""
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"When I first heard this film described, I assumed it would be a satirical, snarky comedy like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat." Not so."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A bogus guru sends a message about the nature of spiritual leadership today in this "Is it for real?" documentary."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Kumaré has a premise that could've been the launching point for one of Sascha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles's satirical outrages."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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