'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Critic Reviews

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  • Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal
    63
    The superb cast still cannot save a weak story.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Duane Dudek Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    63
    If nothing else, "Marigold Hotel" is a chance to watch British acting royalty work together in a film that has nothing to do with wizards or Muggles. Yet the result is no less fantasy than "Harry Potter."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    An esteemed ensemble cast of British veterans elevates this modestly charming saga.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    It's comfort food filmmaking, designed to satiate the appetite of its specific audience.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media
    80
    Fabulously acted retiree drama will appeal more to parents.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    75
    "Marigold Hotel" is too well made to be dismissed and contains too much truth to be scorned.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    50
    If you loved Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    75
    A cast of great Brits of old-age pensioner vintage lights up John ("Shakespeare in Love") Madden's film...an adorable comedy about elderly pioneers tackling life's last great adventure.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    50
    This movie is sure to appeal to an older crowd, and it's great that a film has been made for their demographic. One just wishes it were a little better than this one.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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