The Guru Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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
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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.
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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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 14, 2003
A trifle, a silly one at that, but it's a charming trifle that's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 14, 2003
The movie offers up too many airy spiritual lessons in the hope of crossing from farce to sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 14, 2003
A mixed-up masala saved only partly by a charismatic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
February 14, 2003
A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
February 7, 2003
Delightful screwball comedy.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 3, 2003
It's as if somebody dropped three bad scripts on the floor of a production office, and somebody else picked up the pages in random order and said, 'Let's make a movie out of this! And let's get Heather Graham to star!'
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 3, 2003
Works better than it probably should thanks mainly to a ready-for -anything lead performance by the ridiculously charismatic Jimi Mistry and equally game performances from an amusing supporting cast including Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei.
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USA Today
January 31, 2003
Agreeable and slipshod in equal fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
January 31, 2003
It feels like an upstart indie, thanks to its original script, endearing performances, colourful aesthetic, uplifting soundtrack, parodic undertones and the compelling theme of ethnic assimilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 31, 2003
Mistry and co-star Heather Graham lend a fetching naivete to their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 31, 2003
As a satire of charismatic cult movements, Tracey Jackson's screenplay merely toys with the possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 31, 2003
If the film is true to the high spirits and vulgarity of Bollywood (and reasonably authentic in its depiction of Indian speech), it's also true to the crude plotting and characterization all too common in Bollywood.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
January 31, 2003
It's goofy enjoyment that will have you humming Grease tunes the rest of the day.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
January 31, 2003
There is hardly a funny line in the whole script, and director Mayer has no idea of what comic timing and delivery are all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 30, 2003
It's better than it sounds.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 30, 2003
The bizarre outcome of this nervy conceptual hybrid is a movie that plays stylistic hopscotch as it jumps from one square to the next, teetering perilously each time it lands on one quaking ankle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2003
Calibrated to please, The Guru is a down-market but enjoyable goof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 30, 2003
This is the kind of movie for which the term 'guilty pleasure' was coined.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
January 30, 2003
Charmless and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
January 30, 2003
A geek-love homage to the musical romantic-comedy and its cross-cultural appeal, hitting all the formula marks with just enough tongue-in-cheek knowingness to buff off the tarnish.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
January 30, 2003
As an experiment, The Guru bubbles over a bit, but still coaxes laughter from an audience while challenging its boundaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 30, 2003
If you're in the mood for something silly, here's your movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 29, 2003
This very funny studio picture plays like an indie lark.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ed Park
Village Voice
January 28, 2003
Bolly-go-lightly hybrid The Guru manages to have its dosa and eat it, too -- allowing that culture is a con game, while seeking pleasure in the deception.