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Monsoon Wedding Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Chicago Reader
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A late radical shift in tone, from jittery exuberance to ruinous alienation, strikes an impressive contemporary note amid all the obeisance to custom.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 22, 2010
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Nair's stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

August 18, 2008
Deborah Young
Variety
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Splashy, noisy and downright fun.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 5, 2008

Time Out
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The impression of cosmopolitan modern India, of diaspora lives thrown into collision and collusion, is engaging in itself, but the emotional optimism here is the most heartening aspect of this vivacious film.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A feel-good picture in the best sense of the term.

| Original Score: A-

August 9, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 20, 2002
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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

April 26, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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At heart, the film is not that far removed from a well-written soap opera, but its modern-day Delhi setting and its cultural subtexts make up for the pat familiarity of its situations.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2002
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Nair achieves her usual level of dramatic competence.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2002
David Edelstein
Slate
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A teeming ensemble comedy shot fast and cheap but with such gorgeous colors and music and swirling silks that you leave with a feeling of riches, of superabundance.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 22, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Swirling, loving, and brilliantly, sensuously colorful, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding energetically celebrates love, family, a culture that comfortably accommodates past and present.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

March 15, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Monsoon Wedding does what Altman's own The Wedding could not: It allows us to celebrate a questionably blessed occasion without feeling embarrassed or complicit in some traditional scam.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

March 15, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Pulsates with unforgettable characters and only-in-Delhi comedic situations.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

March 8, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Provides a visually dazzling and deeply affectionate glimpse of the tensions and traditions that animate much of modern Indian life.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

March 8, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Filmmakers who can deftly change moods are treasures and even marvels. So, too, is this comedy about mild culture clashing in today's New Delhi.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 8, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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An intricate, heartfelt tribute to the enduring power of love.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 8, 2002
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nair ... in crafting an enchanting movie about a modern Indian family, fills the screen with blooming marigolds, blossoming romances and sizzling dance scenes thrown in just for the heck of it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

March 8, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Brimming with characters and with life.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

March 8, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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It glows and sings with color and music, and with the humanity of its characters.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 8, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of those joyous films that leaps over national boundaries and celebrates universal human nature.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 8, 2002
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Cinematic home cooking at its most savory.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 8, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It sings, it dances, it parties with pride.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 7, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A feast for the eyes and ears as its story is a banquet for the heart.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 7, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The movie gains more resonance as it goes along, drawing us in just as large family reunions do.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

March 7, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Monsoon Wedding works as a comedy, a melodrama, a giddy romance and a dance film. It's a wonder to behold.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 4, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Monsoon Wedding is eminently disposable, but that's its charm. It stays with you just long enough to make you smile.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

March 3, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Nair has succeeded in her mission to capture the energy and essence of a Punjabi family in modern India.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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[Nair] seems finally and truly at home in this film, whose prevailing tone is a testament to her comfort and ease.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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An energetic and amusing romantic drama about the power of love to make things whole.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 28, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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Uneven, but worth the trip.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Exhilarating ensemble piece from India.

| Original Score: 4/4

February 22, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The old-world- meets-new mesh is incarnated in the movie's soundtrack, a joyful effusion of disco Bollywood that, by the end of Monsoon Wedding, sent my spirit soaring out of the theater.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

February 22, 2002
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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This eye-popping Indian wedding comedy is a guaranteed art-house hit. Too bad it misses all the good jokes.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 21, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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There are just too many people for the characters to be well developed but this deficiency is balanced by the intimacy of Declan Quinn's cinematography.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

February 21, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Throwing caution to the wind with an invitation to the hedonist in us all, Nair has constructed this motion picture in such a way that even the most cynical curmudgeon with find himself or herself smiling at one time or another.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 19, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Director Mira Nair, best known for Mississippi Masala, a cross-cultural love story with Denzel Washington, as well as the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay!, aims for pure joy and achieves it.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 18, 2002
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