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Patang Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

July 20, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Bhargava's naturalistic approach to capturing the sights and sounds of a city in full revelry on rooftops and in the streets is colorfully vivid...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2012
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 2012
Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
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Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 22, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
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It's a vibrant film, at least, one that brings to life some of the ups and downs of contemporary family life in India.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

June 20, 2012
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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[It] has a lovely, unforced quality.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction.

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

June 14, 2012
Diva Velez

Beautifully acted and hypnotically staged, Patang is a feast for the senses that doesn't fail to deliver its story of family love and healing with real warmth and heart.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

May 14, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The story falls flat and the impressionistic style - snippets of conversation, extreme close-ups, jittery handheld camera work - loses appeal after the first half hour.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 12, 2012
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Bhargava is in love with a visual effect that makes his digital cinematography look like Super 8 film. It's like watching the whole movie through an Instagram filter, and it's utterly unnecessary.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

June 22, 2012
Josh Larsen

The characters remain faces on a brochure.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

June 15, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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This attempt at an Altmanesque ensemble piece feels a little dramatically flat even as it's dazzling your retinas.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2012
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Less Bollywood than Generic Asian Family Drama Lite, when it's not a flat-out sunset-choked infomercial for Ahmedabad and its annual rooftop kite-flying festival.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 12, 2012
Robert Tumas
Slant Magazine

Overall, the film works better as a collection of beautiful images rather than as a cohesive narrative.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

June 9, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Far more concerned with indulging a slightly less glossy Slumdog Millionaire-like aesthetic than dealing with the frayed relationships of its characters.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 9, 2012
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