Midnight's Children Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 14, 2013
Amidst all the exuberance on screen, a major literary work has been given a new and accessible form of life.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2013
A miniseries might have been able to knock this story out of the park, but the movie is a solid double.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 17, 2013
A highly eventful, allegorical portrait of the contentious dual nature of the Indian subcontinent.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 8, 2013
Rushdie adeptly trims his sprawling tale down to a still-substantial 2 1/2-hour movie, which only occasionally seems to hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2013
There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 26, 2013
In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
The cinematography is memorably vibrant, and the performances are solid, even if they pass by too swiftly. Most of all, of course, the subject matter remains fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 25, 2013
Both dreamy and dramatic, a fascinating view of Indian history seen through the prism of a personal story.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 23, 2013
An ambitious film conveying the complicated and violent early history of India and Pakistan through the stories of two boys born on independence day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Screen International
April 22, 2013
Deepa Mehta's respectful approach to the material may meander and simplify, but it gradually gains in emotional power, building into a moving account of a man whose many experiences mirror the growing pains of an independent India.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
January 4, 2013
With an over-written screenplay and far too much material for audiences to digest, this film proves the rule that authors shouldn't adapt their own books into movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times
December 27, 2012
The film is stunningly beautiful. And the story retains at least some of the elements that made the novel so special in its imagination, ambition and scope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Priya Joshi
Digital Spy
December 24, 2012
Midnight's Children is the perfect medley of story, cast and characterisation infused with Rushdie's poetic brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
December 24, 2012
Mehta has a painterly eye, giving her images a mythological beauty and tender sensuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 24, 2012
Thanks to Rushdie's sensitive handling of his own material, this is an adaptation big in both ideas and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 24, 2012
As a film and novel, Midnight's Children is a great baggy work ...
Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 21, 2012
The swirl of history is often too much for the intimacy on display, and the result is decidedly ponderous in places. Yet this is a handsome, well-produced and thoughtfully designed epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 20, 2012
There's enough here to entertain - and to send audiences back to the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
The List
December 11, 2012
Solid may ultimately be the best word for this pleasing, middlebrow adaptation of Rushdie's 'unfilmable' book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
December 6, 2012
There's humour and heart here, but it's an overlong tale as meandering as the Ganges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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