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: June 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2013
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Critic Score: 57% 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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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

The more he communes with them and hears their very real troubles and genuine hopes, the more Gandhi's clever façade seems, to him and us, unsustainable.

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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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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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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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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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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