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American Chai Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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This ethnic family sitcom thing is rapidly turning into wearisome cliche, and American Chai doesn't hold a candle to either Beckham or Greek Wedding.

November 14, 2003
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

The funniest, most unabashadly goofy indie film to come out in quite some time.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
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Chai's structure and pacing are disconcertingly slack.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 7, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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By now, I've seen far too many American indie movies with similar semi-autobiographical subjects.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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[It's] difficult to get beyond the overall blandness of American Chai, despite its likable performances and refreshingly naive point of view.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Plays like a toddler running along a lumpy field, stumbling every few feet but always getting back up and eventually reaching his destination, unharmed and happy.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 21, 2002
Rasmi Simhan
Dallas Morning News
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American Chai encourages rueful laughter at stereotypes only an Indian-American would recognize. And the lesson, in the end, is nothing new.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

May 16, 2002
David Noh
Film Journal International

Due to some script weaknesses and the casting of the director's brother, the film trails off into inconsequentiality.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 30, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The picture uses humor and a heartfelt conviction to tell a story about discovering your destination in life, but also acknowledging the places, and the people, from whence you came.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An inexperienced director, Mehta has much to learn.

April 15, 2002
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Enormously likable first feature from writer-director Anurag Mehta.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

April 5, 2002
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice)
Boxoffice Magazine

The movie is amateurish, but it's a minor treat.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 5, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

It is too bad that this likable movie isn't more accomplished. The actors try hard but come off too amateurish and awkward.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A perceptive, good-natured movie.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2002

E! Online

This worldly dramedy can't overcome its jolting amateur vibe.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

April 5, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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A slight but sweet film.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A spiffy romantic comedy about how love can be a catalyst to self-esteem and answering an artistic calling.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

April 5, 2002
Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
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In its understanding, often funny way, it tells a story whose restatement is validated by the changing composition of the nation.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2002
David Ehrenstein
New Times

Though the climactic revelation and resolution is expected, the film is full of fresh and unexpected observations about the cross-culturally complex lives of second-generation Indians living in the U.S.

April 4, 2002
Ed Park
Village Voice
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As earnest as a community-college advertisement, American Chai is enough to make you put away the guitar, sell the amp, and apply to medical school.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 2, 2002
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