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Two-time director Conrad Rooks (known for his autobiographical drug-addiction opus of 1966, Chappaqua), helms this big-screen adaptation of Hermann Hesse's novel, about an Indian youth who leaves his family in search of life's meaning. The film sports location photography by Bergman associate Sven Nykvist, and a cast comprised largely of unknowns.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like Chappaqua, the movie doesn't live up to the legend."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"Rather than living on as reminder of India in the early 1900s, the film now exists as a period piece of another sort, namely, as a cult film of the psychedelic era."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"This is a case where the true seeker must journey to the original source!"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"nothing but wide and confusing circles"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Faithful but flat and uninspired."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Apologies to Conrad Rooks, but the only reason his 1972 film, Siddhartha, is getting a 30th-anniversary rerelease is the appeal of seeing Sven Nykvist's amazing cinematography restored to its full splendor."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Unless you are fully into the subtleties of Hinduism, you are likely to find it rather flat and lethargic."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Its visual beauty is compelling and its emotions are kindled from within, as it takes off from the source of its literary roots and becomes a pure cinematic experience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A beautiful and timeless achievement, Conrad Rooks' 1972 adaptation of Herman Hesse's appropriation of East Indian mythology still entrances."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"In the end, Siddhartha the movie fails in its attempt to explore and question and meditate. You can't be meditative while running through a field and leaping over foxholes."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Sven Nykvist's golden-hued cinematography perfectly suits Hesse's mind-expanding narrative of Buddhist enlightenment."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"A lovely, evocative piece that may come across as stodgy and obvious thirty years after its release."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Shooting largely in natural light, Nykvist creates a poetry more beautiful than Hesse's prose and as profound as the author's message."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"A gentle reminder of just how much life and movies have changed -- not entirely for the better."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A sublime achievement, in many ways superior to the Hesse novel."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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