'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Critic Reviews

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  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brett Michel Boston Phoenix
    63
    Filled with Indian (and British) cliches, it is nonetheless a pleasant diversion that doesn't involve special effects or 3D glasses.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News
    75
    [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.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    50
    If you loved Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ...
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    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.
    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
  • Joanna Langfield 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • R. Kurt Osenlund Slant Magazine
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Shirley Sealy 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    100
    A top-drawer dramady about a band of English retirees in India and the challenges and transformations they undergo.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Keith Uhlich Time Out New York
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs
    88
    Truly feel good comedies don't come along often enough and this one is impossible to resist.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Harvey S. Karten Compuserve
    84
    Schmaltzy, sure, but this witty comedy-drama is a riot of colors and blessed by performances from A-list British actors.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rebecca Barry Flicks.co.nz
    80
    Will leave you grinning for days.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ed Gibbs The Sun Herald
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Pejkovic Matt's Movie Reviews
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Toomey ABC Radio Brisbane
    59
    Despite the strong performances, the film does feel stuffy with its forced, predictable storyline.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Louise Keller Urban Cinefile
    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
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile
    A chaotic and colourful mixture of the predictable, the charming and the contrived
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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