(1997)

Critic Reviews

74

Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
New York Daily News
Brilliant. [24 December 1997, p. 24]
100
Whether Kundun is a perfect movie or not, it's an important and beautiful one. Scorsese's movie takes us into a world we've rarely seen with this kind of sympathy or detail: a magical-looking society built on Buddhism and centuries of art and tradition.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A great film about a good man.
80
Scorcese has made one of his best and most personal films...Kundun is also mercifully free of white teachers or saviors, such as, oh, say, Brad Pitt?
75
It provides a deep spirituality, but denies the Dalai Lama humanity; he is permitted certain little human touches, but is essentially an icon, not a man.
75
Stunning, odd, glorious, calm and sensationally absorbing.
75
USA Today
Stately but static. [23 December 1997, p.3D]
75
Christian Science Monitor
Taking great commercial risks, director Martin Scorsese avoids movie-star performances and the psychological storytelling that Hollywood movies normally thrive on.
63
ReelViews
Most of the film is dull and soporific. Breathtaking photography without emotional involvement can take an audience only so far.
50
Entertainment Weekly
At once spectacular and inert -- a mosaic impersonating a movie; an empty-shell epic.
50
Martin Scorsese is certainly one of the great living movie directors. Sadly, this does not mean he can't make a mistake. Kundun is a mistake.

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