• R, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Danny Boyle
    In Theaters:
    Aug 30, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 31, 2009
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Slumdog Millionaire Reviews

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Jonathan Romney

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.

Full Review Source: Independent

January 27, 2014
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 27, 2014
Tim Regan-Porter
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.3/10

January 27, 2014
Adam Smith
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 27, 2014
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: A-

January 27, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

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

Full Review Source: People Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

January 27, 2014
Chris Knight
National Post

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

January 27, 2014
Lee Grant
San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 20, 2013
Allan Hunter
Screen International

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.

Full Review Source: Screen International

February 20, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's Oliver Twist by way of City of God.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2013
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 20, 2013
Ali Gray

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.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 5/5

September 29, 2012
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago

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

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

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

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 4/5

September 28, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

What a difference a good screenplay makes.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

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.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 5/5

July 14, 2011
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

July 6, 2010

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

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 8.4/10

June 12, 2010
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

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

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 4/4

September 18, 2009
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