The Monk and the Gun

critic Reviews

, 92% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Surrounding its poignant insights with a gentle layer of crowd-pleasing comedy, The Monk and the Gun is a timely political satire that underscores the fragility of democracy.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Very funny indeed. It has some thoughts about democracy, and some thoughts about American democracy.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's a charming movie and it wears its ethnography lightly.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    The Monk and the Gun delivers a gentle caress of a message that’s quietly delivered, but holds power in this volatile American election year.
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    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    Who’ll get the gun? The rest of the plot is best left unspoiled, but you can be sure Dorji finds a way to tie his threads together in a way both comic and biting, both entertaining and provocative.
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    Manohla DargisNew York Times
    Modestly scaled, lightly comic and blithely ingratiating...
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    Marya E. GatesRogerEbert.com
    In a place whose greatest aim is its population’s happiness, Dorji’s "The Monk and the Gun" contemplates whether complete modernization of his country is worth the price of this very happiness.
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    Anne BrodieWhat She Said
    Genius - a compelling, exciting story, the opportunity to experience life in a far distant country with a vastly different culture than our own, and the mischief fate concocts, and its keen sense of wonder and humour.
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    Liam LaceyOriginal Cin
    A different kind of political comedy about the perils of democracy, from the high-altitude perspective of Bhutan.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    This pleasing, leisurely parable set against spectacular scenic backdrops wears its cleverness lightly, so that you're a little taken aback by the ingeniousness of the resolution.
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    Leisurely and humane, the film is filled with wry observations and gentle satire about how the move to democracy...will inevitably change Bhutan, as well as the difficulty Westerners have in understanding the Bhutanese mentality.
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