Bollywood/Hollywood Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
November 19, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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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
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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
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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+
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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
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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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Dave Kehr
New York Times
September 25, 2003
A disappointingly shallow and not terribly funny romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 23, 2003
A film without a nation, without any comic grace, and often without even the slimmest technical efficiency.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 5, 2003
It's not that it was too much of a stretch for [Mehta] to attempt this kind of cheerful domesticated fare, it's more that she didn't stretch obvious strengths far enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2002
A movie that tries to fuse the two 'woods' but winds up a Bolly-Holly masala mess.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 29, 2002
While Bollywood/Hollywood will undoubtedly provide its keenest pleasures to those familiar with Bombay musicals, it also has plenty for those (like me) who aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2002
So genial is the conceit, this is one of those rare pictures that you root for throughout, dearly hoping that the rich promise of the script will be realized on the screen. It never is, not fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4