'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Critic Reviews

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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    [A] lulling, happy-face story of retirement-age self-renewal, set in a shimmering, weltering, jewel-colored India.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Besides its sterling cast, its ace in the hole is its pungent depiction of Jaipur's teeming streets, which give an otherwise well-mannered movie a blinding splash of color.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It's a film which looks as if it has been conceived to be shown on a continuous loop in a Post Office queue.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    A refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The entertainment that one is able to derive from it is directly proportional to the appeal of each character. Those levels vary widely.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is proof that art-house films can be as cliched and soggily sentimental as the big-ticket items playing at the multiplex.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The plot twists are about as venerable as the cast and predictably affecting when performed with such old-hand proficiency.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker take the easiest, most familiar paths (we're still doing Viagra jokes?), dropping every opportunity to explore issues like culture clash, loneliness and mortality.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    They're stuck with a script, by Ol Parker, that's stuffed with contrivance and cliche, and doggedly repetitive as it tracks its characters' efforts to find new love and adapt to new surroundings.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    When not pivoting on an almost imperially predetermined plot point, it's doling out dollops of the most conventional wisdom imaginable...
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  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Judi Dench delivers one of her most wide-ranging and moving performances.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    A charming, funny and heartwarming movie ... a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    As two-hour tours go, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" goes smoothly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The witty script, Eastern locale, and tony cast may summon up memories of the old Merchant-Ivory films.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Is this the dullest movie of the last 12 months or am I overlooking something?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    They might not be doing groundbreaking work here, but Dench, Nighy, Wilkinson and the rest are doing what they are given to do very well.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
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  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    A gently amusing tale of seven seniors who run away from dreary old England for a new life as retirement Raj in India.
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  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    With its stereotypical characters and creaky plot turns, this passage to India feels even longer than its running time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Those who will see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are looking for something calm, safe, gently humorous, and entirely unchallenging. And that's exactly what they get.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Rooney Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A sterling cast and a fine balance of comedy and poignancy make this story of unfulfilled Brit retirees discovering new life in India a pleasure-filled journey.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    Mostly, "Marigold Hotel" is old-fashioned, safe and resistant to stray from its comfort zone -- like visiting a foreign country and only eating the foods you already know you like.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    There are brutal truths about the declining years in Best Exotic, from loneliness to financial woes that can't be solved by getting a new job, but they are amply padded with comedy and cheery messages about acceptance; this is no bitter pill to swallow.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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