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Free the Mind

HD   G Closed Captioning

Phie Ambo

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About the Movie

In 1992 Professor Richard J. Davidson, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness, those qualities cultivated by Tibetan meditation practice. The results of Davidson's studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are portrayed in Free the Mind as they are applied to treating PTSD in returning Iraqi vets and children with ADHD. The film poses two fundamental questions: What really is consciousness, and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it possible to physically change the brain solely through mental practices?


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Larger ideas of a mind-body connection, and mentions of brain research, are not treated in an inspiring or deeply informative way. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, May 2, 2013

Fresh: "There's something healing about simply watching "Free the Mind" ... – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2013

Fresh: Davidson's compilation of seemingly immeasurable data is interesting, as is the doctor himself. – Loren King, Boston Globe, Oct 10, 2013

Fresh: A wealth of information is sufficiently articulated, though the film's greatest strength is Ambo's compassion toward the subjects. – Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, Oct 11, 2013

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Customer Reviews


This movie does not live up to its billing. it is not a movie about consciousness. The opening scene gives you the impression that there is going to be lots of cool graphics explaining brain functions and delving into the neurological basis for consciousness, but no … no such explanation.

The movie consists of interviews with some people that are dealing with stressful situations in their lives. The subjects, one child and a few PTSD patients (veterans), are taught breathing exercises and meditation to control the stress. Its a bit like reality TV for breathing and meditation students.

The movie was interesting and useful. I’m glad I watched it. But it wasn’t what I was expecting. There was too much story telling and hand-wringing, not enough science.


I am a trauma paramedic, and I have been suffering. Thank you for making this film.

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Free the Mind
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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