Bollywood/Hollywood Reviews

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 12, 2004
Mehta manages to make her film not only palatable, but a real pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 12, 2003
Does precisely what Bollywood movies should do: It engages us with its joyousness and silliness and its unflagging commitment to surface attractions.
| Original Score: B
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 29, 2003
A contrived contraption, with more than a hint of desperation in its clueless anxiousness to be an audience winner along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 28, 2003
Not authentic Bollywood, not polished enough to pass for Hollywood and not edgy enough for indie film fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 20, 2003
While the musical numbers that season "Bollywood" are brimming with color and enthusiasm, they're not exactly overflowing with technical competence.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 5, 2003
What starts as an examination of the common cliches of Hollywood and Bollywood ends up being condescending to both.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 31, 2003
When the music stops, so does the magic. The film loses its footing with flat deliveries of dialogue from most of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 31, 2003
Clearly designed to appeal to fans of both the Indian and American houses of filmmaking. Unfortunately, it's so inept that it may appeal to neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 10, 2003
An escort gets paid to play the part of the rich guy's girlfriend - it's Bollywood's answer to Pretty Woman... Is Bollywood/Hollywood jolly-good fun? Almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
October 9, 2003
Though neither big nor slick, it's a joyful, feel-good spoof that makes you want to run out and rent a real Bollywood musical.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 8, 2003
Bollywood/Hollywood, like this spring's slightly better cultural hodgepodge The Guru, simply offers no compelling reason to fork over your movie dollars.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2003
A musical comedy that's mirthless and barely musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nicole Arthur
Washington Post
October 3, 2003
Less a pastiche of the cinematic conventions of both 'woods than it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding in a sari.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 3, 2003
Mehta's delight with her own in-joke, as well as her attractive, energetic cast, will prove infectious to those audiences who find themselves sharing the director's frivolous frame of mind.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 3, 2003
The movie is lazily conceived, refusing to offer a single developed character or scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
October 3, 2003
Mehta can't decide whether she's making a spoof of Indian cinema or a straightforward romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2003
Lacks the sharpness and sophistication necessary for it to appeal beyond Indian audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 2, 2003
Promising a sexy blend of L.A. and Bombay, Bollywood/ Hollywood is just another mediocre masala.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2003
Mehta's film has intermittent energy and wit, but if I were to rank the recent ethnic marital comedies, her musical would be a distant fourth.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2003
Feels cramped and constrained at just about every level.
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