ABCD gets an "A" for its intentions, but unfortunately just barely passes on all other accounts.
| Original Score: C
The bad news is that [Jaffrey] leaves us a little hungry for people whose destinies matter to us more than the ones served up here.
Its identity posturing is considerably less potent than that of Chutney Popcorn's.
| Original Score: 2/4
ABCD's abecedarian treatment of melting-pot anxieties proves as jumbled and bland as alphabet soup.
Despite the compelling subject matter and storyline, the film's execution isn't so persuasive: The dialogue is weak, much of the acting poor and the pace sluggish.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
At times the deck is egregiously stacked.
| Original Score: 6/10
A story to appreciate, laugh at, and cry with no matter where you or your parents came from.
This fine film conveys the difficulty of living in a twilight zone between the customs of the old country and the ever-changing values of America.
In this funny, touching and haunting film, Patel cuts through stereotypes to show the hard truths of straddling two cultures.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An involving study of sibling and interpersonal relationships.
| Original Score: 3/4
The plight of culturally displaced Americans is given sensitive, humorous treatment in what could be the first film to treat the East Indian experience in America.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film's style is best described as utilitarian, but it gets the job done.
It's easy to see why ABCD has been a favorite on the film festival circuit for more than a year. Check it out while you can.
Thankfully, Patel does not take sides.
Compassionate, funny and honest.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's polished without being slick; well-paced and graceful and brought alive by stellar performances led by Jaffrey.
Nothing particularly fresh or exciting, but its intentions are so sincere and, for the most part, it's so well-acted that it emerges as quite affecting.