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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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94

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 236
Fresh: 221 | Rotten: 15

Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's both entertaining and powerful.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 2

Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's both entertaining and powerful.

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Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai reflects back on his tumultuous life while competing to win 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Danny Boyle's inspirational drama. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter of hours. He's one question away from taking the top prize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in

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Simon Beaufoy

Mar 31, 2009

$141.2M

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Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is rather sweet and traditionally crowdpleasing.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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It's Oliver Twist by way of City of God.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The best movie of 2008.

February 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (9)
Richard Roeper.com
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Slumdog Millionaire, a film so upbeat and colourful that, by the time you're relaying its infectious air of optimism to friends, you could forget that it features orphans, slaughter, organised crime, poverty, enslavement and police brutality.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
Time Out
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Slumdog Millionaire is not the cure for all the world's ills, but it comes close. It solves, for instance, such endemic global problems as: a) sadness, b) lovelessness, c) cynicism, and d) the waning cultural relevance of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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From an early footchase in which the careening camera gives us a tour of the maze-like slums, to the ridiculously uplifting Bollywood dance number that plays over the end credits, Slumdog Millionaire makes for kinetic, exhilarating entertainment.

December 12, 2008
Miami Herald
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Boyle set out to make this particular film rather than a gritty social panorama along the lines of Brazilian favela drama City of God. But keeping us cheerful takes the edge off the tougher insights into India.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

This is [Boyle's] best movie to date and he's handled his actors with great sensitivity.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Does it live up to the hype? For the most part, yes.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The movie's real star is the city itself, which is brought to hectic, exuberant life by Boyle and ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

As unapologetically entertaining as Boyle's winking tale about fate is, it brings with it recognition of India's worst social ills.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This sensational, gripping film is what I call an efficient epic.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The movie runs a solid two hours, but Boyle expertly handles the pacing.

January 27, 2014
National Post

Slumdog Millionaire is a giddy, breathtaking experience, kind of like winning a million bucks. It's also tough, violent and shocking.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Danny Boyle's bravura command of the film medium elevates the melodramatic Slumdog Millionaire into a dazzling crowd-pleaser teeming with the sights, sounds and sensations of modern India.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

A great movie is something more than the sum total of all its parts, and here, the elements all come together to form a feature that speaks a universal form of optimism that isn't likely to get lost in translation.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's rich with character, emotion and pathos - with a supremely uplifting finale that'll leave your head in the clouds, it's the kind of movie that will significantly brighten your day.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's a big, exuberant film that revels in the joy of a good story.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Jets along on a rocket-fuel cocktail of blood-pumping adrenaline, powerful secrets, searing heartache and rousing uplift.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

What a difference a good screenplay makes.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

There's currently plenty of Oscar buzz and it's richly deserved, as Slumdog Millionaire ranks alongside The Wrestler as the two latest masterpieces of the 21st Century.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, the older Jamal and Latika, will make you smile and cry and happy you saw Slumdog Millionaire, which will certainly be in the Oscar hunt.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Like a director from Hollywood's golden age, Boyle has a particular talent for putting a realistic spin on the outlandish.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Features a striking hero named Jamal Malik, who is as intrepid, indomitable and pure of heart as an idealized medieval knight.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Comment (1)
Florida Times-Union

Audience Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

'Slumdog Millionaire' is a somewhat predictable but lovely film, combining a honest look at poverty in India with one of the best love stories of recent years. Long overdue, I only recently watched this film and was immediately gripped by a modern rags to riches, or is it rags to rags, and a clever combination of flashbacks.

Telling the story of Jamal who, in order to get the girl-Latika, goes on the Indian version of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'. Suspected of fraud, because he knows the answers, Jamal reveals his past story and how he knows the answers. It's a nice story, pulled off by some superb acting and excellent direction from Danny Boyle.

It's not the greatest film of all time and it's not a style I would usually 'love' in the way I did. Yet somehow Boyle and co. pull it off. The cinematography, the love story, it's a nice encouraging pick me up-yet I'm not sure how it really worked.

All I know is-it's an excellent film and worthy of many viewings.
July 11, 2013
Adam Kelly

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"Slumdog" Jamal who grew up on the streets of Bombay is at the brink of winning the grand prize of India's version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire when is is "questioned" by the police suspecting fraud. Danny Boyle's latest and highly acclaimed project has a lot of the energy that marked his debut. The clever structure of the film uses his explanations on how he knew the answers to fill in the background of what life is like for the most impoverished members of Indian society, brutalized in religious riots, either ignored or harassed by the authorities and exploited by criminals. In this way it's like a more light-hearted and less violent version of City Of God and has a modicum of the power and grittiness of that film. Some of the more disturbing aspects of what these kids go through was made more so by the fact that I watched this film in the company of an Indian person who assured me that these practices actually do go on (and in fact were even toned down for the film version). The entire cast are excellent, even the youngest of the children playing younger versions of the protagonists and the mix of comedy, action and drama is balanced perfectly. Unfortunately the film's strength and depth of character falters during the last reel. Blaming walloping great plot contrivances on "fate" just seemed lazy and the crowd pleasing ending felt a little hollow to me, marring what otherwise was an excellent film. The rest of it is definitely strong enough to warrant a viewing though and for me this is easily Boyle's best work since Trainspotting.
October 25, 2012
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Slumdog Millionaire had a moving screenplay, very good written, that with the terrific direction by Danny Boyle could show much more better the story of Jamal and his odyssey. With outstanding actings bringing a entertaining motion picture. Somethings very cliche and that present an incoherent ending credits, what make the film look stupid, transit from a Drama to a Hindu musical, without any reason. Anyway, Slumdog Millionaire it's a great film to watch, together the dazzing visual. Fresh.
June 11, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I watched this the first time I saw it scheduled on TV. Is it worth the eight Academy awards? It is pretty good. I liked Jamal's life story being related to the questions of 'Who wants to be a millionaire'. The millionaire questions were pretty easy though - I was able to answer 3/4's of them without resorting to Google.
June 5, 2012
Redlats

Super Reviewer

    1. Jamal Malik (older): There was no message! There was no message! There was no massage!
    – Submitted by Hunter E (23 months ago)
    1. Jamal Malik (older): I went on, because I knew she'd be watching.
    – Submitted by Michael C (2 years ago)
    1. Jamal Malik (older): If it wasn't for Rama and Allah, I'd still have a mother.
    – Submitted by Joe M (2 years ago)
    1. Latika (older): (answers phone) Hello?
    2. Prem Kumar: I'm guessing that's not your brother.
    – Submitted by Diego T (2 years ago)
    1. Sergeant Srinivas: Name!
    2. Jamal Malik (older): Jamal Malik.
    3. Sergeant Srinivas: You have a name. Good!
    4. Jamal Malik (older): [cries]
    5. Sergeant Srinivas: Stop crying.
    – Submitted by Diego T (2 years ago)
    1. Prem Kumar: You a big reader, Jamal?
    2. Jamal Malik (older): I can read.
    – Submitted by Diego T (2 years ago)
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