Slumdog Millionaire (2008)



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

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Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20-million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of … More

Rating: R (for some violence, disturbing images and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Simon Beaufoy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 2009
Box Office: $141.2M
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Critic Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

All Critics (265) | Top Critics (46)

Mr. Boyle here summons universal identification with characters while still fully immersed in the specificity of their milieu.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Heavy with humor, romance and suspense, Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best and most crowd-pleasing films of the year.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
IGN Movies

Slumdog Millionaire is an exhilarating ride -- a feel-good yarn about a Mumbai street kid directed by Danny Boyle with a wild energy that makes even Trainspotting (Boyle's calling card) look leaden-footed.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015

A compelling piece of entertainment that poses bigger questions than it answers, Slumdog Millionaire is a modern version of the Cinderella story with some spicy food for thought, and an undeniably sweet core.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015

There are so many frantic pursuits through heaving streets that it is easy to lose track of who is chasing whom, or why. Energy and urgency are substituted for realism.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
New Statesman

The movie's real heat comes from the soulful performances by Patel and stunning newcomer Freida Pinto as Slumdog Millionaire's star-crossed lovers. It's their chemistry, as much as Boyle's exuberance, that sells the whole thing.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

A exhausting thrill ride with relentless ups and downs. A sweet and dramatic movie that felt like something was missing?

Film Crazy

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I tend to enjoy dark movies because the emotional reaction is greater for me than that of "happier" movies, for lack of a better word. Slumdog Millionaire, however, makes a powerful case for "happy" movies. Slumdog Millionaire is a wholly life-fulfilling epic about destiny and love that is expertly directed and colorfully shot. And when the film cuts rapidly in a hazy stop-motion-like effect, and the color from the streets reflects on our fated protagonists, and the music kicks in overwhelmingly, its hard not to leave with a smile on your face- and tears in your eyes.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

'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.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

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