Little Buddha
Little Buddha (1994)

Mark Peploe and Rudy Wurlitzer wrote this tale of an American boy who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader. Intercut into this story is a dramatization of the life of Siddhartha (played by Keanu… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 25, 1994
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Bertolucci's celebrated burnt-orange-and-burnished-lemon look remains handsome, and the story itself still commands some interest as a pivot into daunting material.

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Joe Brown
Washington Post

Though uneven, the film is engagingly moving and often humorous.

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Emanuel Levy

An intimate, spiritual film from Bertolucc, which trying to combine elements of mysticism and Western culture.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Bertolucci's epic is a disappointment.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Little Buddha succeeds precisely because of its guileless innocence.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Excellent introduction to Buddhism--strongest portions are mythical excerpts of Buddha's life.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A crazily mesmerizing pop artifact that ranks alongside Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha in terms of extreme earnestness and quasi-religious entertainment value.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The modern sequences lack realism or credibility. The ancient sequences play like the equivalent of a devout Bible story.

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TV Guide

Although the search for enlightenment may not have much in the way of high-concept appeal, the film should satisfy adventurous moviegoers as well as the large number of adults already intrigued by eastern religions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
Ultimately this fell flat for me. I was more interested in the segements relating Siddhartha's story than in any of the modern day goings on, even if Keanu… More
Marion Ravenwood
Great casting, really splendid, because when I think of Buddha I automatically think Keanu Reeves. Honestly I started to burst out laughing whenever Keanu… More
KJ Proulx
I watched this film in my religion class for the first time, and it was enough for me. However, I do give it credit for staying biblically correct to the… More
Michael S
In a word: Boring.