Sita Sings the Blues
Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

In the Indian legend, Sita is given to Prince Rama in marriage after Rama conquers the other princely suitors for her hand. No sooner is Rama appointed crown prince than he falls victim of a plot that sends him into banishment for fourteen… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 28, 2009
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Consensus: A tour de force for filmmaker Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues gives the Ramayana its animated due with a visually vibrant, dazzlingly imaginative triumph.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Charming indie animated film that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence.

David Fear
Time Out New York

This colorful, cranium-bursting film isn't about one specific tale so much as the endless ways you can present narratives; it's nothing less than a kitchen-sink deconstruction on the art of storytelling.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A spellbinding film that charms with its quirkiness in almost every sequence.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

And the ingenuity of Sita -- which evokes painting, collage, underground comic books, Mumbai musicals and "Yellow Submarine" (for starters) - is dazzling. Not busy, or overwhelming, or eye-popping. Just affecting, surprising and a lot of fun.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Nina Paley's animated marvel mixes a personal tale of romantic woe with a fabulous, often hilarious, recounting of the Sanskrit epic fable The Ramayana.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

This is the kind of personal filmmaking that could only have come together through a chance set of inspirations. Maybe you could call it fate.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Paley's beguiling, consistently inventive visuals and sly yet melancholy tone are about as warm and winning as heartbreak-fueled empowerment gets.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Captivating, mesmerizing, spellbinding -- I'll throw everything in the movie-critic book at this animated feature by Nina Paley

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The more love changes the more it stays the same. History itself falls prey to love in this delightful retelling of the Ramayana.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
An oddly cute and unorthodox film utilizing hilarious shadow puppets and really nice cross-cutting blues music with Annette Hanshaw. I got to learn a little bit… More
Walter M.
In the 14th century(almost definitely B.C.), Rama is in line for the throne. But that is derailed by a promise by the current king that causes Rama to be… More
Stephen M
A delightful little animation, unfortunately stuck in litigious limbo for the time being on account of its unlicensed jazz soundtrack, which is a great pity… More
Neum Daddy
Sita Sings The Blues brings interesting, vibrant animation to the legendary story of the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic of Hindu lore about star-crossed lovers Sita… More
Stella Dallas
absolutely adorable! yes, it's a flash-animated version of the ramayana set to 1920's jazz music!! it's completely enchanting, gorgeous and… More
Nicolas Korovessis
Astonishingly imaginative, a true original, one might say. A work of art? Definitely. But that's as far as my appreciation goes, as Darjeeling is not… More