Milarepa (2007)

Bhutanese director Neten Chokling's fantasy Milarepa mounts and cinematizes an ancient Buddhist legend -- a moral fable from the eponymous monk's colorful early life. The story unfolds in the 11th century, when Milarepa (Jamyang… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
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Consensus: Milarepa's confusing plot structure, simplistic message, and poor production values cause it to fall flat.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Milarepa is a sort of Batman Begins version of the early life of renowned Tibetan saint Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135).

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

While the drama is rather poky, Jamyang Lordo plays the part with dignified restraint.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Earnestly capturing in spirit the emergence of a holy man.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint, a picturesque fable filmed in the mountains of northern India, shows us how most -- if not all -- roads to spiritual enlightenment are paved with suffering.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie's spectacular scenery and compelling message counterbalance the somewhat plodding pace and wooden performances by a cast of nonactors.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

By-the-book mythmaking: stately, straightforward and not too interesting. The story . . . falls flat on film, a moody, visual medium, tremendously difficult to rework into a mirror for introspective, spiritual transformation.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Despite timely and worthwhile subject matter, there is nothing very inspired or inspiring in what makes it to the screen.

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Don Willmott

One tonic for a stressful day: Spend 90 minutes with an 11th-century Tibetan mystic who wanders through gorgeous Himalayan scenery

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

instructional value and exposure to Tibetan culture and values make this a worthwhile venture

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