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The Buddha (2010)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  17 April 2010 (USA)
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After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth, only that he was a human being who had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary tells the story of his life. Written by Sulav

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Whatever your interest level in Buddhism, don't waste your time!
12 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Grubin's "The Buddha" is rather awful. It's the kind of pseudo-documentary infotainment that's prevalent on the History Channel or the Discovery Channel, and it's perhaps more suited to such venues than an outlet as committed to educational programming as PBS ostensibly is.

The narration here is vapid, the images of art or landscapes are rarely identified, and the animations are juvenile. Though the music strives to feel momentous, it's actually generic Asian-sounding New Age pap. Perhaps the worst element is that so many of the talking heads are frankly annoying. Despite apparently formidable credentials, their commentaries -- whether discursive observations from the academics or musings delivered in a tone of wide-eyed wonder by the deep-thinking spiritual types -- are superficial and simplistic.

Increasingly PBS seems to underestimate the intelligence and education of its viewing audience. It's a shame such a respected institution has become part of our culture-wide trend of dumbing down instead of maintaining the standards that its contributors have a right to expect.

For all but the most undiscerning and undiscriminating, this film is likely to be found to be an exasperating waste of time -- or a two-hour snooze.


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