Total Film - 09/01/2012 3 stars out of 5 -- "Jaw-dropping in colour and splendour...at its best you can genuinely feel some great wheel turning."
Box Office - 08/17/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "Fricke is the undisputed master of this stuff...the core passages of Samsara offer some of the most exhilarating video you will ever see."
New York Times - 08/24/2012
"A spool of arresting, beautifully composed shots without narration or dialogue, SAMSARA is an invitation to watch closely and to suspend interpretation..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2012
"Shot by Fricke in glorious 70mm at a variety of locations and speeds, SAMSARA comes with a dazzling visual beauty that demands to be seen on the big screen."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/05/2012 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] film composed of powerful images, most magnificent, some shocking, all photographed with great care in the highest possible HD resolution..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/14/2012
"The accumulated images in this wordless documentary, shot in 25 countries around the world in awesome 70mm, are literally hypnotic."
Director and cinematographer Ron Fricke offers a striking glimpse into some of the world's most remarkable happenings in this visually spectacular documentary. Following in the same template as 1992's BARAKA (also directed by Fricke), SAMSARA is a study in the ways humanity works as a collective and as individuals, with the cycle of human existence providing the subtext for the parade of images (the title is a Tibetan word meaning "the wheel of life"). Combining scenes of destruction and rebirth, images of profound humanity and mechanized lifelessness, BARAKA includes remarkable images of people working together en masse, including Muslims visiting the holy city of Mecca, hundred of Chinese dancers performing a synchronized routine, and prisoners doing group exercises in a prison yard. Fricke filmed SAMSARA over a period of several years, shooting on 65mm film stock and transferring the footage to 4K high-definition video for post-production and exhibition. SAMSARA received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.