Baraka (1993)

Named after a Sufi word that translates roughly as "breath of life" or "blessing," Baraka is Ron Fricke's impressive follow-up to Godfrey Reggio's non-verbal documentary film Koyaanisqatsi. Fricke was… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 24, 1993
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

The film's one-world thesis is asserted but never made convincing, as Fricke zigzags from the Western Wall to whirling dervishes to the Grand Mosque of Mecca in a superficial gloss on faith (and everything else).

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is claimed that the great age of travel is dead - that there are no longer amazing, exotic, beautiful and fearsome places for the traveler to discover. A movie like Baraka gives hope.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

While it's easy to look at these often beautiful moving postcards, Fricke presents locations without identifying them, so most viewers will quickly find themselves lost and overwhelmed.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Any one sequence might work powerfully in its own right, but string them together with a musical overlay and the banality of the connections becomes apparent.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary.

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Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies

A cinematic sight for sore eyes.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

The form is ravishing, though the content suffers by comparison.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Among the most overwhelmingly gorgeous films ever made.

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Mike McCahill

The only reaction permitted is gawping.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Over 90 minutes of the most visually stunning filming ive ever seen. A must see on blu ray due to the amazing restoration of the original film to a high def… More
Nicki Marie
Beautiful, but not exactly thrilling entertainment for an hour and a half. Some of it is interesting, some upsetting, like the bit with the chickens getting… More
Mark Walker
Released in 1992, it's took me a while to get around to this one. It's director, Ron Fricke, had previously contributed writing, editing and… More
Robert C
Absolutely stunning! Completely captivating from start to finish.
Raymond Wieser
Baraka is a one-of-a-kind film that deserves to be seen. Director Ron Fricke has created a film that is stunning, and meditative, and at times even shocking.… More
Bruce Bruce
This film kind of lured me in on the previews, showed a monkey in a hot spring so I thought that it would be a nature film, it kind of was, as it showed many… More