Monsoon Wedding Reviews

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 25, 2002
May not have as much gusto as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but has more refinement and flair
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 7, 2002
By the last shots of the family members dancing and laughing, I was as happy as them!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Smell, taste and enjoy!
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
August 9, 2002
A friendly, easily digestible outing seasoned with just the right amount of emotional bitterness to keep it from becoming sticky sweet.
| Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
A feel-good picture in the best sense of the term.
| Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A movie to fall in love by and with, a wedding to unite both the two film families and the dazzled multicultural movie audiences who watch them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
Nair doesn't use [Monsoon Wedding] to lament the loss of culture. Instead, she sees it as a chance to revitalize what is and always has been remarkable about clung-to traditions.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 5, 2002
Nair's cast is so large it's Altman-esque, but she deftly spins the multiple stories in a vibrant and intoxicating fashion.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
June 28, 2002
Nair and screenwriter Sabrina Dhawan deserve credit for wrapping up this big bundle in such a likeable package backed by such a great musical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
One of those wonderful foreign films that allow Americans to appreciate another culture and learn how we are the same as much as how we are different.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
June 7, 2002
This is a gorgeous film - vivid with color, music and life. Delight your senses and crash this wedding!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
It's as if Nair had set herself on a careerlong mission to strip from every storytelling element all the years of manipulation and bad acting that have turned them into clichés, until all that's left is simple emotion, fully experienced.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 10, 2002
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, the movie becomes something better, something decidedly more insightful, with a lot to say about family ties and loyalty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 10, 2002
Every scene is alive with color and music and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 9, 2002
Some movies present an idealized view of marriage and family; others seem eager to debunk it. Mira Nair's exuberant art-house crowd-pleaser takes the third way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Shay Casey
May 3, 2002
A burst of color, music, and dance that only the most practiced curmudgeon could fail to crack a smile at.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 26, 2002
A My Best Punjabi's Wedding full of the emotions, melodrama, singing and shouting that make weddings so funny, no matter what the culture.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 25, 2002
An unabashedly affectionate film that becomes a benediction of blessing to its participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 19, 2002
Monsoon Wedding is one of those rare and delightful movies that exposes moviegoers to an unfamiliar and wonderful culture while simultaneously showing us the universality of the people.
| Original Score: 9/10
Michael Dequina
April 9, 2002
Strongly infused with an unmistakably exotic Bollywood flair while addressing themes and concerns that are universal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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