Mississippi Masala Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 4, 2006
Unlike Lee's Jungle Fever, which also deals with interracial romance, Nair's film is non-judgmental, taking neither moral ground nor faulting any group. Released when national boundaries were crumbling it was a poignant work about the meaning of home.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
May 28, 2003
Washington and Choudhury definitely make for an attractive ethnic couple in Nair's cross-cultural love story. However, this staid romancer doesn't escape the distinction of its conventional makeup.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2002
Challenges us to add more respect and tolerance to America's cultural stew of many colors.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 21, 2002
Zesty, spicy, sexy!
| Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Nair and her screenwriter, Sooni Taraporevala, sometimes lose their focus trying to juggle half a dozen subplots. But it's nice to see a movie with a broad reach.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly funny and cheerful at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It may be longwinded here and there, but Mississippi Masala jumps with life.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An utterly infectious romance between an African American and an Indian African emigre, this seductively funny film measures the pull of roots against the tug of heartstrings.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This is a film with something to say, something discriminating adults should find both entertaining and enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 23, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Entertainment Weekly
February 5, 1992
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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