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Siddharth (2014)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 261


Movie Info

Siddharth is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mehendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, … More

Directed By:
Written By:
Maureen Dorey
In Theaters:
Oct 20, 2014
Box Office:
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Siddharth

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (4)

Though at times "Siddharth" can resemble a well-photographed report on India's social and economic ills, Mehta subtly employs different styles to sustain the poetry, poignancy, and drama.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

"Siddharth" provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Like Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief," the film uses downbeat themes to make a point about this particular society and life in general.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A spare, lean, and decidedly unsettling account of the ugly reality of child labor and child abduction in India.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Part of what makes "Siddharth" so troubling and moving is the difficulty we have situating our sympathies.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Top Critic

It all feels very real.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

By any fair measure, Siddharth is a very good example of world cinema, offering us a window into a world we would not otherwise see. But be cautioned: it is not exactly an "up" film.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014

By the end, it feels like you're the only one who helped carry Mahendra's horrifying burden in a heavily-populated country.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014

There's not a hint of melodrama here, and the tale is all the more compelling for it. For a film set half a world away, Siddharth hits very close to home.

Full Review… | October 12, 2014
Concrete Playground

I think it's a very interesting story, a slightly frustrating one but very vibrant use of the locations.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

The performances are splendid.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

A stirring central performance caps a modest yet moving slice of a life fictionalised in its details but real in its sorrow.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
FILMINK (Australia)

It's a sophisticated neo-realist film, beautifully shot and edited to reflect the sense of time and resignation in Indian culture.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
Sydney Morning Herald

Propelled by a hauntingly beautiful music score, Richie Mehta's film about a missing 12 year old boy and the father who searches for him is profoundly sad, as it reveals disturbing truths.

Full Review… | October 4, 2014
Urban Cinefile

It pains me to say this, but I'd almost prefer the mindlessness of "Taken" over the social preaching of "Siddharth."

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
The Patriot Ledger

A modern-day neo-realistic fable and genuine spiritual journey. Beautifully shot and acted. See this.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Boston Herald

"Siddharth" is a well directed, written, acted and photographed film that should appeal beyond India with its universal story about a father's love for his son.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Reeling Reviews

Writer/director/editor Richie Mehta ("Amal") has created a modern day "Bicycle Thieves" with this devastating tale of an illiterate man trying to find his son with next to nothing to go on amidst the teaming masses of India.

Full Review… | August 9, 2014
Reeling Reviews

The film never feels less than utterly real in its depiction of both everyday Indian life and the hopelessness that comes so naturally in this sort of tragic situation.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014

Not the easiest sit, but Siddharth rewards the brave with a study of pained determination and portrait of Indian life that offers a few surprises.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014

Such a movie is a rare and elusive thing.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
East Bay Express

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