Ram Dass: Fierce Grace

Spiritual guru Ram Dass attempts to recover from a stroke, which he dubs "fierce grace," in this documentary produced and directed by Mickey Lemle, a close friend of Dass for decades. Dass, author of the lauded Be Here Now, was felled so severely by the illness that he became paralyzed -- but in true Ram Dass fashion, he saw it as a reason to look death in the face.
Netflix Rating: 3.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 82%
Critics' score: 82   Audience score: 64   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Following Ram Dass down from his pedestal gives Mr. Lemle a way into his subject that will compel the viewer. full review

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

A generous, inspiring film that unfolds with grace and humor and gradually becomes a testament to faith. full review

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

An ingratiating and comprehensive portrait of the widely admired spiritual leader. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

A sober and affecting chronicle of the leveling effect of loss. full review

Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

Parts of the film feel a bit too much like an infomercial for Ram Dass's latest book aimed at the boomer demographic. But mostly it's a work that, with humor, warmth, and intelligence, captures a life interestingly lived.

Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe
full review by Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
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