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Chandni Chowk To China Reviews

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Mike Scott

Insufferable. Burdened with insipid plotting and lame comedy.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1/4

September 4, 2009
David Cornelius

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 18, 2009
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2009
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

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.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

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

Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick

March 1, 2009
Thomas Leupp
IGN Movies

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

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 6/10

January 28, 2009
Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2009
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 23, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando 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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 1/5

January 22, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2009
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review energetically off-the-wall that the sheer novelty alone makes it entertain much of the way.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2009
Mark Peikert
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

January 21, 2009
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 20, 2009
Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
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Chandni Chowk to China is Bollywood's all-singing, all-dancing, all-Hindi bid to conquer America.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2009
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 16, 2009
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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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.

| Original Score: B

January 16, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 16, 2009
John Anderson
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If Chandni Chowk to China were a person, it would need Valium.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 16, 2009
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 16, 2009
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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).

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2009
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