It's fair to say that the movie ends so well that it will redeem the entire experience for many viewers. It all depends on how you feel about the sluggish 90 minutes that went before.
Sluggish? Mick just doesn't get it! He missed a great movie. The storytelling is spot on and the story is quite layered - perhaps Mick is functioning on just one level. Loose ends are tied up and all that happens has relevance and meaning. Consider the fact that this movie is so good that even one level was enough to win Mick over.
Dec 7 - 06:16 PM
the comments here are so painfully, unbearably stupid!
"bla bla you should not be a critic because you didn't like this and liked another movie everyone else dislikes bla bla"
WELL FUKC OFF!
Jun 2 - 12:19 PM
i meant **** OFF!
Jun 2 - 12:20 PM
Nothing to be redeemed in this film. The entire movie was timed perfectly. I would not consider the first 90 minutes of the movie to be sluggish in the least.
Dec 18 - 08:51 AM
Boy does this critic get it wrong. This is the best movie I've seen all year. Incredibly interesting and entertaining, I can't remember when I've enjoyed a movie this much. Isn't this why we go to the movies?
Dec 21 - 05:44 PM
Sluggish? what? lol! what the hell is wrong with you Mick? Were you on crack when you watched this movie? I sounds like you were on some kind of really extreme depressant, I feel sorry for you, you aren't acting human.Anyways, this is one of the greatest films ever made, don't listen to this critic.
Dec 23 - 05:51 PM
Wow. Little Mick here thinks the first 90 minutes of this film were sluggish? Let me get something straight here. This guy thinks he's a top critic? This is by far one of the most entertaining and moving films I have ever seen, don't even waste your time reading the rest of his review, its a bunch of nonsense. I will be more than surprised if Slumdog Millionaire doesn't pick up Best Picture at this year's Golden Globes.
Dec 25 - 06:19 PM
Prior to moving to Maui 5 years ago, I faithfully read the San Francisco Chronicle for over 20 years. Mick LaSalle was always a good barometer for my movie going choices. Whenever he wrote a "thumbs down" review, I knew I would like the movie. Whenever he wrote a "thumbs up" review, I knew the movie would be a "stinker." It's been 5 years since I've read a review from Mr. LaSaller and it's good to know some things never change. 2008 has not been a stellar year for movies, but "Slumdog Millionaire" is one of the years best.
Dec 27 - 11:50 PM
wow, you are stupid. You give Norbit a good review, but not Slumdog Millionaire?Honestly,you should not be a critic.
Dec 30 - 01:14 PM
After many years of visiting this site I finally took the time to register for Rotten Tomatoes just so I could post a comment here. Not only should this man be removed from the 'Cream of the Crop' list, the SF Chronicle should fire the man for a complete and total lack of competence. I wouldn't buy popcorn from this man at a theatre concession stand let alone rely on his opinion.
Dec 30 - 10:22 PM
Mick you are right on the mark. I hear all these over the top reviews saying best film ever and frankly I have no idea what they mean. This is a lovely if trite piece of entertainment. But it is a trifle when compared to the likes of Milk or Revolutionary Road which I felt were far superior in a rather bland year of movie making. I think this year was so poor for movies that people will grab at anything that has the semblance of a pleasant movie experience which this is. Great soundtrack tho but this is hardly Dr. Zhivago.
Jan 3 - 04:12 PM
First of all, you're an idiot... second, Slumdog Millionaire was a really good movie.
Jan 4 - 03:37 PM
It's one man's opinion people, no need to get all worked up. Though I have to say I don't agree with it. The movie was wonderful, and it will be a sin if it doesn't show up on this year's Oscar list for Best Picture.
Jan 6 - 04:47 PM
Now everyone else can finally see what we in the SF Bay area have had to endure for quite awhile now - an arrogant, self-promoting and totally unqualified film "reviewer". This is the very same chump that went on and on about the "Sex & the City" infomercial (movie) where 4 vain, rich b*tches consume several million dollars in a orgy of food, drink & merchandise.I guess that these non-gluttonous "Slumdogs" didn't wear enough Prada, or Vera Wang for ol' Micky. And if his high critic-ness really thinks that the first 90 minutes were indeed "sluggish", then he must suffer from Dicky Cheney disease - those who are born without a fully working heart.
Jan 9 - 07:20 PM
Stevie L..I completely agree....and notice no explicit sex scenes either. This is what most of my friends were surprised at. Pleeeease take note directors! We don't need more repetitive, predictable explicit scenes to get us in the movies. Some countries are not allowed to make movies even showing two people hugging, and yet their creativity is rising far above ours. This is a great movie for young adults to take a glimpse at life in other countries. It was not even trying to appeal to the western market so please give us a break and let us enjoy a couple hours of something refreshing and interesting!
Jan 13 - 10:44 AM
Oh, and did I mention it was filmed in the slums of India where finding dead bodies is the norm, and the actors were not required to get injected with botox or steroids...so what in the world appealed to the masses in this movie?...the million dollar question?????
Jan 13 - 11:11 AM
Linda, I enjoyed the film, but it would be ludicrous that this film doesn't pander to mass audiences. The one dimensional stock characters, the Disney-esque notion of romance, and the very predictable ending all make this film appeal to the masses.
Jan 17 - 10:21 PM
I can't help but notice that most critics of Mick are criticizing addressing him calling the film "sluggish." I also can't help but notice that "sluggish" appeared in the sliver of his review.PLEASE, just read his entire review before going off. He felt this way towards this movie. I happen to disagree, too, but he did a good job of explaining why he didn't enjoy the film.Mick didn't like this movie, but liked Norbit: So what? You will always be able to find a guilty pleasure on a critic's conscience as you will be able to find a review in which he goes against the tides.This is no Owen-Gleiberman-on-Let-The-Right-One-In.
Jan 18 - 10:50 PM
MBall, thanks for your comment. I happen to think a lot of our movies in the west are getting tooo deep, trying tooo hard for the 'original' script, at any cost. This movie had a good balance showing realities of poverty and hope. Reality in India is about survival and how two children had to press forward despite their condition and losses. They had notime for therapy or anti-depressants. They had to look forward to survive in a culture of corruption...and they kicked butt doing it! This movie had ENERGY and made me feel like a kid again and the unnecessary weights I need to throw out of my life. I would rather tackle my problems having fun and not focusing on them!
Jan 19 - 08:00 PM
how was this sluggish at all? why is he a top critic? you would think that top critics would be able to separate the movie from all the other unrelated factors that might've effected the movie's experience. i bet he really had to go to the bathroom or had an appointment to go to or something.
Jan 24 - 10:22 PM
I understand that critics have to write for the readers not just present their true thoughts, but saying that it "ends so well" is just not ethical. This is not just a bad movie, but a bad movie with impostors writing about its goodness even after giving a rotten.
Feb 1 - 11:39 AM
If my 14 year old son, his 13 year old friend and my 17 year old daughter can sit through this film without talking or getting up....I would say it is a great success and certainly not sluggish. My son and his friend picked this movie over "fired up" and did not regret it.
Good film to take kids that have everything.(Get them to read "A fine Balance first!)
Feb 21 - 07:37 PM
lucy van dort
perhaps you thought it sluggish because you were asleep until someone poked you awake so that you could critique the end.
Feb 24 - 06:51 PM