'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Critic Reviews
Mark Reviews Movies
Yes, the actors here deliver the monologues ... with verve, but these aren't characters. They alternate between speechmaker and sounding board for another's speech.
Filled with Indian (and British) cliches, it is nonetheless a pleasant diversion that doesn't involve special effects or 3D glasses.
Philadelphia Daily News
[Madden directs] a treasure trove of top-notch British actors who bring professionalism and humanity to a leisurely story that never sinks under the weight of a sentimental script.
San Francisco Chronicle
"Marigold Hotel" is too well made to be dismissed and contains too much truth to be scorned.
If you loved Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ...
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.
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.
It's a cup of tea made no less satisfying by the fact that you'll know how it's going to taste every sip of the way.
A dream team ensemble cast of British acting superstars gives a predictable story of displaced retirees spark and depth in this cozy tale.
It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well.
Leonard Maltin's Picks
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
The Movie Minute
The Avengers of old age, a team of superhero actors considerably enhance this sweet but slight look at taking life by the tail.
R. Kurt Osenlund
The film is home to some unique redeeming factors, but it panders to viewers by diluting its lesson, which teaches that some comfort zones can only be truly abandoned on the other side of the world.
Film Journal International
A surprisingly witty and touching fable that gets its charm and considerable zest for life from what has to be the finest cast of actors in any movie this year.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
A top-drawer dramady about a band of English retirees in India and the challenges and transformations they undergo.
Time Out New York
Mostly, we're stuck watching U.K. cinema bright lights ... navigating sub-sitcom scenarios that touch perfunctorily, sometimes borderline offensively, on issues of sexuality, soulmates and culture clash.
This small-scale film is such anomaly in today's youth-oriented, spectacle-driven industry that you have to respect the conviction of director John (Shakespeare in Love) Madden and his glorious cast.
Three Movie Buffs
Truly feel good comedies don't come along often enough and this one is impossible to resist.
Harvey S. Karten
Schmaltzy, sure, but this witty comedy-drama is a riot of colors and blessed by performances from A-list British actors.
Will leave you grinning for days.
The Sun Herald
The Best Exotic will come as a welcome surprise. A sunny but shrewd musing, it offers an oft-ignored section of the cinema-going audience a delightful hit all their own.
Matt's Movie Reviews
The best advice when watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is to accept its dramatic short cuts as the flaws they are. While its resolutions are of the most contrived nature, its sincerity and performances make up for it.
ABC Radio Brisbane
Despite the strong performances, the film does feel stuffy with its forced, predictable storyline.
Chasing dreams, embracing change and quoting Kipling are some of the elements of this funny, bittersweet and uplifting tale set against a chaotic, colourful backdrop in India
Andrew L. Urban
A chaotic and colourful mixture of the predictable, the charming and the contrived