• PG-13, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mira Nair
    In Theaters:
    Sep 2, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 27, 2007
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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The Namesake Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Bollywood stars Tabu and Khan are excellent as Gogol's concerned parents, and Taraporevala is patient enough to allow their characters to build a real relationship from the ground up.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2007

This poignant tale resonates wherever you are placed in the world.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2007
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The performances are formidable and moving, and there's much to be gleaned about the natural, universal clash between generations and between cultures.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 8/10

April 1, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Penn is just wrong for it.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2007
Steve Rose

There were many moments when I found myself wanting to refer to the book to find out what really happened.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The clash of cultures is simply the beginning of a journey that is as emotionally dense as it is colourful. From tears to elation..

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 31, 2007
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Because the film has a lot of ground to cover in a short time, it offers linear, literal and sometimes stilted representations of the book's elegant interior voice.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2007
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

This is a very good movie.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The movie might be perceived as being a little slow but it's surprisingly engrossing, and the occasional bits of humor are welcome and in keeping with the tone of the entire piece.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2007
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

The end result hits the right notes, but with insufficient force.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2007
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

Sweeping and intimate at once.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2007
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle

The Namesake delivers such a tactile presence that it's difficult not to leave feeling as if you've just struggled through a New York winter, attended an Indian wedding, and returned from a Calcutta holiday.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

March 30, 2007
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Told with compassion and delicacy, The Namesake provides a stirring view of cultural assimilation and personal discovery.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B

March 30, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Mira Nair is in her element here, ... celebrating her native India and its cross-connections with America.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...a wonderful movie.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 5/5

March 30, 2007
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Mira Nair is the sort of talent we take for granted, discovering it all over again when she has a new film.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Intelligent and insightful, The Namesake celebrates family in a unique way.

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

March 29, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

If you're not a basketcase of sobby, sloppy tears of sadness and joy by the end of The Namesake, then I don't know what's wrong with you.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 29, 2007
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

worth watching for the acting and for some heartfelt tearjerker moments

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 29, 2007
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly

A rewarding adaptation of a well-regarded book.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 29, 2007
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