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The Guru

The Guru (2002)

tomatometer

57

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

A sweetly silly but wafer-thin romantic comedy.

56

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

A sweetly silly but wafer-thin romantic comedy.

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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

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Tracey Jackson

Jun 3, 2003

$2.9M

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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.

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A precipitous comedic falloff in the third quarter earns the film a qualified recommendation at best.

February 14, 2003
Washington Post
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With a reach that frequently falls short, higher wit and sexual sophistication crumble into plain old silliness.

February 14, 2003
Seattle Times
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A trifle, a silly one at that, but it's a charming trifle that's hard to resist.

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The movie offers up too many airy spiritual lessons in the hope of crossing from farce to sentiment.

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.

February 14, 2003
Washington Post
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Not only a tepid Bollywood imitation, but a tepid film, period.

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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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.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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. . .

June 10, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

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

May 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

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

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

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

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

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.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

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

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

It's good fun -- almost a musical.

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

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

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

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

February 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a gentle comedy of colliding cultures

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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

February 15, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

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

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
December 5, 2011
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I like Jimi Mistry a lot but I found this to be disappointing really. Starts off great but soon becomes tiresome.
October 2, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly fun.
October 25, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

very funny jimi mistry is just hilarious! Funny to think he was in eastenders not so long ago lol
October 7, 2006
SarahG1988

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