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Samsara
7.6 out of 10

Samsara

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moonman1994, Metacritic
21 May 2015
  • Summary: Visually beautiful. This film is stunningly gorgeous and is placed with audio that backs up the visuals nicely. The visuals and audio make enough of an impact and even seem to put the viewer in a sort of trance.
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AlienSpaceBats, Metacritic
20 April 2013
  • Summary: I'm doing Samsara a disservice by comparing it to Chronos and Baraka (which the film revisits on several occasions) but also felt underwhelmed by the end; I can't help but feel that it's missing something; a mesmeric otherworldliness that Baraka had (though maybe it's the soundtrack).
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X-Abrupto, Metacritic
26 March 2013
  • Summary: This movie falls in the very select category of non-verbal films. It is not made for everyone. Most movies present a story to the viewer and the viewer has no reflection to make about the storyline until the movie is over.
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Metacritic
11 March 2013
  • Summary: Beautiful film. Bookending the film with the creation and destruction of the sand mandala captures the beauty of life on Earth, the fragility of all things, and the courage to continue living despite the impermanence of everything around us.
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Apemonkey666, Metacritic
12 January 2013
  • Summary: Shot over 5 years in 25 countries on 65mm film stock and then scanned at 8K you can imagine this film looks absolutely incredible! There is no dialogue or story, but just a cool flow of beautiful tracking- and/or time-lapsing shots put to ambient music with perfect vocals by Lisa Girrard.
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oliver1h, Metacritic
20 December 2012
  • Summary: My review is based on my own thoughts. Please respect my opinion, as I do respect yours. I have to start by saying I loved Koyaanisqatsi. On the other hand i did not like Baraka.
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Metacritic
2 December 2012
  • Summary: This was a great movie, I saw it twice just to take my other friend. Whoever these critics are need to be FIRED. This was a beautiful movie, there's couple parts that were a bit odd and a little strange. But this is a very good, well done, beautiful movie. Also all done without speaking a word.
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Metacritic
23 October 2012
  • Summary: This film is billed as a "guided meditation", and it really is one. If you approach it as such it's absolutely wonderful. But you have to stay with it, and like in meditation, allow your active pursuit of patterns and connections to fall away.
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Metacritic
11 September 2012
  • Summary: If only for the sound, see this film. If only for the way that time-lapse allows us to see the chaos of modern cities, see this film. If only for the way that it makes the viewer recognize the ways in which our lives are more manufactured than they have ever been, see this film.
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nickgreene11, Metacritic
30 August 2012
  • Summary: Samsara is an incredible collection of moving images, a poignant portrayal of human life in the third millennium. It covers the humorously absurd, the depressingly cruel, and stunningly beautiful traits of being a human.
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