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The Guru (2002)

The Guru


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 50
Rotten: 37

Critics Consensus: A sweetly silly but wafer-thin romantic comedy.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: A sweetly silly but wafer-thin romantic comedy.


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 19,063


Movie Info

A visitor from the mysterious East arrives in New York -- not to offer the wisdom of the ages, but to make it big as a dancer in this "fish-out-of-water" comedy. Ramu Chandra Gupta (Jimi Mistry) grew up in India on a steady diet of movie musicals, particularly local Bollywood spectaculars and vintage American song-and-dance films. Ramu grew up with the dream of one day making it big as a dancer, and in time he found a job as a dance instructor. However, Raimu believes his destiny lies in the … More

R (for strong sexual content including dialogue, and for language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Tracey Jackson
In Theaters:
Jun 3, 2003
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Guru

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (37) | DVD (13)

Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes.

Full Review… | February 16, 2003
Top Critic

A precipitous comedic falloff in the third quarter earns the film a qualified recommendation at best.

February 14, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

With a reach that frequently falls short, higher wit and sexual sophistication crumble into plain old silliness.

February 14, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A trifle, a silly one at that, but it's a charming trifle that's hard to resist.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The movie offers up too many airy spiritual lessons in the hope of crossing from farce to sentiment.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.

February 14, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Not only a tepid Bollywood imitation, but a tepid film, period.

Full Review… | February 8, 2005

Belos figurinos, boas seqüências musicais (embora em número insuficiente para servir como referência a Bollywood) e Marisa Tomei de lingerie - estes são os pontos fortes do filme. Os pontos fracos? Todo o resto.

October 13, 2003
Cinema em Cena

This American version of a Bollywood musical is one of the worst films I have run across in the last few years.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

. . .a noble effort to bring the thrills of Bollywood to America, but this magic carpet never quite gets off the ground because it traffics in too many cinematic clichés. . .

Full Review… | June 10, 2003

A film whose good heart and musical numbers are much bigger than its shortcomings.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003

mixes the exuberance of Bollywood with measured lunacy of 30s screwball comedies and adds just a dash of "The Joy of Sex"

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

Too timid for its own good, relying too often on bawdy gags, easy clichés and hoary stereotypes.

Full Review… | March 25, 2003

There's not a whole lot of heft to von Scherler Mayer's romantic comedy with ethnic Indian entanglements; it's like overdone naan, too flaky and ephemeral for its own good, but still somehow appetizing.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

... those modest virtues can't prevail against the coarse jokes and shabby ethnic stereotypes of Tracey Jackson's disjointed script, Daisy von Scherler Mayer's unsteady direction, or the unflattering cinematography.

Full Review… | March 4, 2003
Sacramento News & Review

...a clunky, idiotic, laughless and amateurish collection of scenes targeted to people who have the intellect of mattress springs.

Full Review… | February 28, 2003

It's good fun -- almost a musical.

Full Review… | February 28, 2003
Sacramento Bee

Although the film is loaded with potential and many satirical targets, the execution of the material leaves a lot to be desired.

Full Review… | February 20, 2003
Screen It!

"The Guru" is a light and frothy concoction that is a tasty little treat with its heart in the right place.

Full Review… | February 19, 2003
Reeling Reviews

a gentle comedy of colliding cultures

Full Review… | February 16, 2003
Reeling Reviews

A great film? No, but it's pleasant enough, with attractive actors, and the interspersed Bollywood numbers are a hoot.

Full Review… | February 15, 2003
San Diego Metropolitan

A screwball farce, not a musical, but it's entertainingly ridiculous in some of the same ways Moulin Rouge was.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It achieves flotation of benign idiocy because the stars are likable.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Guru

The film lacks any big laughs and you'll probably forget you saw it an hour later. It has its moments and its sweet but is let down because of its water thin plot and lack of anything we haven't seen before.

Directors Cat
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Super Reviewer

I like Jimi Mistry a lot but I found this to be disappointing really. Starts off great but soon becomes tiresome.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly fun.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

very funny jimi mistry is just hilarious! Funny to think he was in eastenders not so long ago lol

Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer

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