Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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


Movie Info

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
Runtime:
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Jamal Malik

as Salim Malik

as Police Inspector

as Jamal (youngest)

as Inspector

as Latika (youngest)

as Latika (middle)

as Jamal (middle)

as Sergeant Srinivas

as Director

as Mr. Nanda

as Salim (youngest)
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Critic Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

All Critics (264) | Top Critics (46)

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
Independent

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
Canada.com

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
NOW Toronto

It's highly implausible at times but still entertaining, touching and romantic.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

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

"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.

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xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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