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  • Grounded performances combined with stirring music elevate this relatively straightforward tale, making it essential viewing not only for the young Indian woman, but for anyone looking to scale great heights against all odds.

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  • ...delivered with much subtly, empathy, and remarkable restraint.

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  • ...is an unmissably inspiring tale of an unsung hero.

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  • The movie upholds the power of will, determination and confidence that can make you scale the highest peak, it's a small little motivating gem recommended for those who look for some meaning in their life and cinema.

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  • Poorna Malavath’s story is well documented. The film handles that with reverence and sensitivity while addressing it’s additional motive: to deliver a message about realising dreams, maximising opportunities, encouraging the marginalised to break out of community constraints and caste shackles.

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  • ... every bit as inspirational and goose-bump inducing as it should be.

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  • ...is well intentioned and but in its hunt for ticket revenues and be palatable for a Hindi-speaking city audience, it sabotages what could have been a great film.

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  • Despite the low budget Poorna does a fair, if not extraordinary, job of bringing mountaineering on to the big screen.

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  • ...has a compelling back story and a superb central performance.

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  • ...is a large-hearted film: more a heartfelt portrait of courage than just another routine underdog film. Small gripes shouldn't offset its overall impact. It is considerable.

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  • The film ticks all the boxes of a standard sports drama; it’s a bonafide underdog story. There are rousing speeches, training montages, and last-minute conflicts.

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  • While Poorna is dedicated to two people who happen to be the maker's "auricles and ventricles", it ironically lacks just that — heart.

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  • This movie is a perfect example of a city-bred director scanning our heartlands, and instead of taking in all the complexity, all the denseness, stopping to ask himself, "What are the corrections I can highlight in these lives, and how do I stitch together a narrative around these corrections?"

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  • Although the story is inspiring, the telling of the tale is tedious.

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  • ...succeeds in a few scenes which could be rooted in real life anecdotes but throbs with imagination.

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