'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   154 reviews
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    63
    "Eat Gray Love"...the whole enterprise [is] too platitudinous, but with powerhouse actors like Dench, Nighy and Wilkinson, even a critic can agree it's better to be plucky than a sour stick-in-the-mud.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Marc Mohan Oregonian
    67
    [It] follows in the footsteps of countless other quaint, lengthily titled dollops of cinematic comfort food aimed at well-settled audiences looking for a little vicarious, AARP-approved spunk. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal
    63
    The superb cast still cannot save a weak story.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    75
    There's little that's surprising about the film - everyone ends up pretty much where you'd guess - but that predictable quality becomes part of the pleasure of watching it, like a book that's happily reread.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Loey Lockerby Kansas City Star
    63
    By dropping a classic "Brits abroad" story into modern, urban India, "Marigold" brings chaotic energy to what would otherwise be merely cozy and predictable.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kate Erbland Film School Rejects
    75
    Your parents probably don't want to go to The Avengers this weekend (and that's okay!) but audiences can do far worse for themselves than to take a quick cinematic trip to John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    70
    It's a film about people of a certain age; as it happens, they're all played by the creme de la creme of U.K. actors of a certain age. What jolly luck!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media
    80
    Fabulously acted retiree drama will appeal more to parents.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alison Willmore Movieline
    75
    As mild, comforting and vaguely colonial as beans on toast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel brings together some of Britain's top-shelf acting treasures for a story of late-life awakenings and self-discovery in India.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire HitFix
    50
    Moviegoers of a certain age are eager to see themselves reflected on screen, no matter how banal that reflection looks.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    0
    They're not super; they're superannuated 'Avengers.' If I had to put money on which film would still be standing in theaters come Labor Day, it would be this one.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kimberly Gadette Doddle
    85
    If Carl from 'Up' bumped into 'Shirley Valentine'; if 'Eat Pray Love''s Liz Gilbert located a personality; if John Madden echoed his artful juggle from 'Shakespeare in Love' -- oh, wait, he did...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    60
    Pretty much anyone with an AARP card will relate to this movie in some way and therefore adore it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    50
    The production looks good with its bright colors, the locale is, indeed, exotic and the acting is serviceable but the script...has no life to it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    70
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may not be capable of living up to every word in the title, but it does make for one engaging escape, no matter your age.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    An esteemed ensemble cast of British veterans elevates this modestly charming saga.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    59
    At its finest sitting back and allowing the gifted performers an opportunity to feel around the situations, usually discovering the most precise emotions to play.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    75
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an ersatz experience, a commingling of forced uplift and exotica, but it's moving anyway.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    It's comfort food filmmaking, designed to satiate the appetite of its specific audience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    75
    It's hard to complain too much when your leads are Dench and Smith, Nighy and Wilkinson - all giving an actor's master class in the power of doing just enough.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    75
    A dream team ensemble cast of British acting superstars gives a predictable story of displaced retirees spark and depth in this cozy tale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ella Taylor NPR
    It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin Leonard Maltin's Picks
    105
    When a film has a dream cast led by Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy, you can't go far wrong, and that is exactly the case with Ol Parker's adaptation of the novel by prolific British television and screenwriter Deborah Moggach
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Keith Phipps AV Club
    59
    Brought to life by actors who give the film substance and gravity it doesn't otherwise know how to earn.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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