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Chandni Chowk To China (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 33

A thin plot is disguised by high octane dancing and action in this Bollywood crossover comedy.

45

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 16

A thin plot is disguised by high octane dancing and action in this Bollywood crossover comedy.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 9,106

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Kal Ho Naa Ho director Nikhil Advani takes the helm for this tale of mistaken identity concerning a chef who's confused for a dangerous martial arts expert. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

May 5, 2009

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If Chandni Chowk to China is any indication, a combination of Bollywood and kung-fu movies is something the world needed without even realizing it.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Chandni Chowk to China is Bollywood's all-singing, all-dancing, all-Hindi bid to conquer America.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Chandni Chowk isn't going to appeal to those not already entertained by Bollywood and kung-fu movie clichés. But it could turn the charismatic Kumar into a global star, making the prescribed happy ending even sweeter for Warner Bros.

January 16, 2009
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Chandni has martial- arts montages and Bollywood song-and-dance numbers. As tacky as the latter are, they're the sweet -- and only? -- draw of the movie. They also give this slight comedy-adventure its epic and unearned length.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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If Chandni Chowk to China were a person, it would need Valium.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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In fact, at two hours and 34 minutes, CC2C is too much by a half: too much dancing and fighting and too much footage of the Great Wall of China.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Insufferable. Burdened with insipid plotting and lame comedy.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Tries to juggle Bollywood musical with martial arts action and slapstick comedy and fails at all three.

May 18, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

This is a fun movie, as well as an interesting peek into what entertains audiences in a different culture.

May 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Chandni Chowk to China is a fresh, invigorating mashup of Bollywood and Asian martial arts epics. Then, it stays around a good half hour too long. Way too long.

May 10, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

An energetic, if uneven, movie masala whose ingredients include broad comedy, fists of fury, dark family secrets and musical numbers.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

Packs enough entertaining moments in its 154-minute running time to whet our appetite for more films from the subcontinent, but its sloppy audio and low-rent visual effects will likely prove distracting to American audiences accustomed to more polished fa

January 28, 2009 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

A wholly missed opportunity to broaden the Hindi film fan base in America.

January 24, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Half Bollywood, Half Chinese, all nonsense spectacle. Nikhil Advani's sprawling action-comedy has the feel of great ambition designed by committee.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Any hopes of stylistic experimentation or genre fusion are quickly dashed and it becomes evident that this is simply two films: the first half singing, dancing Bollywood and the second a middle-of-the-road martial arts flick.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

...so energetically off-the-wall that the sheer novelty alone makes it entertain much of the way.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Chandni Chowk to China never captures our imagination the way those twin Tarantino films did, mostly thanks to a lead character who's too dumb to root for, much less believe in.

January 21, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Results are wonky, with its detriments mainly attributable to its Indian influence.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Chandni Chowk is the kind of madness to which you surrender unconditionally or not at all. You'll find the trans-Asian journey from the market street in Delhi to the tyrannized village in China bewitching or bewildering, with little room in between.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

If Chandni Chowk To China is not exactly original, it steals wisely, resulting in a movie that moves and entertains (even if it's too long by at least a half-hour).

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Chandni Chowk To China

Absolutely hilarious! Sidhu is a faithful cook in his uncle's food stand, and is always trying to make the best with whatever luck he has. Even if improving his place in life, he rarely gives up. Along with his faithful companion Chopsticks, Sidhu must travel to China to help a village from a horrible tyrant. In the process, he meets Sakhi and her mysterious twin sister, Meow Meow. Tons of laughter!
Great dual performances by Deepika. Story plots that centrally coincide with two, or more, countries are always fascinating, and makes the suspense more intriguing.
Great cast- Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Ranvir Shorey, Mithun Chakraborty, Gordon Liu, and Roger Yuan. Definitely worthy!
August 26, 2010
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