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Chandni Chowk To China Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 23, 2009
Half Bollywood, Half Chinese, all nonsense spectacle. Nikhil Advani's sprawling action-comedy has the feel of great ambition designed by committee.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
January 16, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China is Bollywood's all-singing, all-dancing, all-Hindi bid to conquer America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
January 16, 2009
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Variety
January 16, 2009
If Chandni Chowk to China were a person, it would need Valium.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
January 16, 2009
Sold as a groundbreaking convergence of Asia's leading cinematic influences -- kung fu flicks and Bollywood extravaganzas -- it can only be termed genre-mashup overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 16, 2009
Think of the title of this Bollywood/martial-arts mashup as a riff on North by Northwest. And like that preeminent American entertainment, CC2C is stylish, slick and full of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 16, 2009
Chandi Chowk is fun but somewhat exhausting, with several elaborate production numbers, a bullet-proof umbrella that also serves as a parachute, a magical potato -- plus a running time just over 2 1/2 hours, which is short by Bollywood standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2009
To appreciate this scenic spectacle requires a leap of faith that will test even die-hard Bollywood fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 16, 2009
If you can get into the frenetic rhythm of the thing, it has its charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
January 16, 2009
The first-ever Bollywood kung fu comedy qualifies as deliriously and endearingly bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 16, 2009
This Indian/Chinese cinematic hybrid is likable and entertaining but overlong and occasionally hokey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 16, 2009
The movie's ostensible distinction is its coupling of Bollywood and kung fu, but it's really a self-realization course dressed up as kinetic comedy.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2009
If only it were as much fun as its trailer!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
January 16, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China seamlessly adds kung fu to the usual blend of comedy, dance and melodrama.
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 16, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 15, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China supposedly is the 'the first-ever Bollywood kung-fu comedy,' which makes me pray fervently that it will also be the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 15, 2009
Crass, schizophrenic, culturally insensitive, horribly paced, and shameless in its pandering to the lowest common denominator.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 15, 2009
If Slumdog Millionaire's success has Hollywood thinking American audiences are ready for the authentic Indian movie experience, Chandni Chowk to China could quickly put the kibosh on that notion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
January 15, 2009
Less a Bollywood bonbon than a pan-Asian fusion dish, this combination of Indian musical and Chinese chopsocky is, nonetheless, delicious fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2009
It will appeal to the large Indian audiences in North America and to Bollywood fans in general, who will come out wondering why this movie, of all movies, was chosen as Hollywood's first foray into commercial Indian cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 14, 2009
There simply isn't enough Indian spice to make this ancient Chinese recipe fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China is the first Bollywood movie to be released in the U.S. in the wake of the Bollywood-inflected Slumdog Millionaire. Let's hope it's not the last.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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David Chute
Village Voice
January 14, 2009
Shapeless, shameless, and slapdash.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 14, 2009
Like the cinematic equivalent of someone appearing on Mr. Blackwell's Ten Worst-Dressed list, the movie is a garish mix of conflicting styles and genres, cross-pollinating overproduced musical numbers, cheesy melodrama, and kung-fu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4