Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time (2003)

Celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog turns his attention to one of the largest Buddhist gatherings in the world in this documentary. Each year, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims travel to the village of Bhod Gaya in India (the place where the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 29, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leslie Felperin

What could end up feeling like a by-the-numbers Discovery Channel docu is enlivened considerably by wry asides from the helmer.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The assembly and eventual destruction of the Kalachakra sand mandala is the cycle around which the German director Werner Herzog's absorbing documentary is structured.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Wheel of Time is flawed because Herzog attempts to illustrate faith through the exercise of faithfulness. He runs after the poetry of Buddhism and it eludes him.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The director made his name in the '70s with a series of intense fictional films, but he's also proven a fascinating documentarian.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Taking a low-key approach, Herzog captures the pilgrims' intense fervor. The sight of 500,000 people united in prayer is mind-blowing.

Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Herzog clearly communicates an outsider-looking-in status in Wheel of Time.

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Jan Stuart

[Herzog] knows instinctively when to linger and when it's time to turn away.

Ed Park
Village Voice

Patient and fascinated, but never succumbing to abstraction.

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Rob Gonsalves

Becalmed yet electrifying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In the incisive documentary "Wheel of Time," Werner Herzog quotes the Dalai Lama as saying that he brought the Kalachakra initiation to the unlikely… More
Leo L
Phenomenal!! Both Navajo culture and Buddhist culture uphold such a tradition, and the art of sandpainting is that strong connection between the two. The… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
Yet another excellent work, by Werner Herzog.
Marcus Woolcott
Herzog's greatest talent has always been in knowing when to stop the commentary and let the images speak for themselves. Here, he documents a rare and… More