(I) (2011)

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Metascore

Based on 24 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
It is the kind of experience you simply sink into.
100
With a title taken from an American Indian word for "life out of balance," Godfrey Reggio's wordless documentary lured dreamers into the sacred cave of cinema, where they ingested the serial music of Philip Glass and the time-lapse imagery of cinematographer Ron Fricke.
75
Samsara is gorgeous. And sometimes, depending on expectations, looks are enough.
75
Achingly beautiful and visually transfixing, Samsara offers a transporting vacation from the usual multiplex fare. It's a movie to get lost in.
75
Ron Fricke's film is a brightly hued bauble, fit for rapturous contemplation.
63
The drawbacks to this often rhapsodically beautiful film lie not in the journey itself, but in the preachy detours taken along the way.
60
Oddly, there isn't as much originality as you'd expect from a global search for meaning.
50
Samsara is as frustrating as it is beautiful, which is saying a lot because this is a film laced with exquisite images.
50
Wall Street Journal
It's a purely sensory journey until the pictures start making editorial comments, in slaughterhouses and garbage dumps.
50
The film is implicitly advocating a New Age or holistic perspective, with a dollop of Eastern religion added for good measure. (The title is Sanskrit meaning "wheel of life.")
38
The result is like an issue of National Geographic gone mad.

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