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The Guru Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 8, 2005
Not only a tepid Bollywood imitation, but a tepid film, period.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 13, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 31, 2003
This American version of a Bollywood musical is one of the worst films I have run across in the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
June 10, 2003
. . .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. . .
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
May 8, 2003
A film whose good heart and musical numbers are much bigger than its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2003
Too timid for its own good, relying too often on bawdy gags, easy clichés and hoary stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 4, 2003
... 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 | Original Score: 2/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
February 28, 2003
...a clunky, idiotic, laughless and amateurish collection of scenes targeted to people who have the intellect of mattress springs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 28, 2003
It's good fun -- almost a musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
February 20, 2003
Although the film is loaded with potential and many satirical targets, the execution of the material leaves a lot to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 19, 2003
"The Guru" is a light and frothy concoction that is a tasty little treat with its heart in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 16, 2003
a gentle comedy of colliding cultures
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 16, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 15, 2003
A great film? No, but it's pleasant enough, with attractive actors, and the interspersed Bollywood numbers are a hoot.
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Dan Via
Washington Post
February 14, 2003
A precipitous comedic falloff in the third quarter earns the film a qualified recommendation at best.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 14, 2003
A screwball farce, not a musical, but it's entertainingly ridiculous in some of the same ways Moulin Rouge was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
February 14, 2003
With a reach that frequently falls short, higher wit and sexual sophistication crumble into plain old silliness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 14, 2003
It achieves flotation of benign idiocy because the stars are likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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