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Short Cut to Nirvana

  NR Closed Captioning

Maurizio Benazzo & Nick Day

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About the Movie

This enthralling documentary treks to the heart of the largest gathering of humanity on Earth: the Kumbh Mela. This huge festival has been held in India every 12 years for over two millennia, but is little known in the West - until now. The film spectacularly captures the sheer spiritual bliss, eternal wisdom and candid joy that envelop both the festival's pilgrims and world-renowned gurus in attendance. Short Cut to Nirvana also features a special appearance by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: While this documentary about a religious pilgrimage in India feels haphazard and superficial, the glimpses it offers are never less than fascinating. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Overall tenor amplifies Kumbh Mela's own atmosphere of tolerance, generosity, and earnest spiritual questing. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Benazzo and Day offer a nice overview on such a colossal event, which gets surprisingly little attention from the Western media. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Rotten: Unless you're utterly fascinated by the minutiae of Hinduism, you may find yourself wishing for more story to this story -- and this film does not oblige. – Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


no good

a start to world peace

don't listen to the devil below , just give it your time and hold an open perspective on the teachings

Good documentary

Very educational. shows the beauty of the Hindu faith, their values and traditions.

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