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Seven Years in Tibet Review

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  • 63

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Annaud's desire to create an epic tale actually harms the production, since it results in unnecessary scenes that pad the running length to more than two hours.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Seven Years in Tibet is an ambitious and beautiful movie with much to interest the patient viewer, but it makes the common mistake of many films about travelers and explorers: It is more concerned with their adventures than with what they discover.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who brought his interest in self-discovery and untamed places to Quest for Fire, The Lover, and the IMAX 3-D film Wings of Courage, is at his best re-creating the serene exoticism of the Dalai Lama's Tibet. But the spark of the holy that the Dalai Lama lights in Harrer flickers only fitfully in all the wind in this production.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Soul-searching story won't interest younger teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that unless their kids are fixated on Brad Pitt, the subject matter may not hold the interest of young teens. Based on one man's spiritual journey, it tells the true story of a mountaineer's experience in Tibet as it is occupied by Chinese Communists in the 1950s. The beginning of the movie shows some scenes of World War II combat, and there are images of Nazi propaganda.

  • Families can talk about Buddhism's role in East Asia and how the teachings of Buddhism motivated Heinrich to be a better father. They can also discuss World War II history and the subsequent Cold War era, and the effects of Communism in Asia.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of guns, killing. War depicted in a harsh and realistic way.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: A few instances of profanity.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue