Samsara (2012)

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. Samsara is a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 24, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's a tad heavy-handed in its message, but Samsara's overwhelmingly beautiful visuals more than compensate for any narrative flaws.

Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to perceive themes of circularity and renewal in Samsara, but it takes that level of patience to suffer its frequent low points with silence and good humour.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in.

Frances Morton

Once the meditative flow of phenomenal photography takes hold, the virtuosity of the film emerges.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

A continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it.

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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

"Samsara" finds the world a little less blessed than it was two decades ago, yet still beautiful, which seems to be the movie's primary message.

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Ashley Norris

A truly individual, dedicated concept that pulls through by seamlessly flowing in perfect harmonic construction.

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Ken Marks
New Yorker

A Balinese dancer, an African tribesman, a disfigured marine, a Japanese stripper all stand composed, confident, and dignified, daring you to break the gaze.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

Fricke and his crew capture such moments as a Hawaiian volcano erupting to life with a stunning, you-are-there clarity. But the film winds up being a collection of striking visuals without any emotional heft.

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S. James Wegg

By journey's end, the film comes full circle, tying everything together with the notion that even the finest art in the world can dissipate in seconds...

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Wordless, surprising documentary featuring time-lapse photography of the desert at night, Cambodian monks constructing a sand mandala, trips to a slaughterhouse… More
Mark Hobin
Samsara thrives when it celebrates our world without judgment. A symphonic poem, the breathtaking images literally hypnotize the viewer into a trance inducing… More
'Samsara'. The beauty and brutality of our world, both man-made and natural, on a scale you've never seen. The visual medium, used perfectly.… More
Walter M.
There is a school of thought amongst film critics that so-called visual poetry should be more the most important element of a documentary, even to the detriment… More
Jacob Ethington
Well, this is kind of impossible to review. Well, not impossible, but certainly difficult. I watched this film, not sure of what to expect (if I should expect… More
hawk ledge
Beautiful and impressive imagery and locations.