Shows how a critic-pleasing film can be every bit as overbearing as a crowd-pleasing one
Danny Boyle's hyperactive camera and rude-boy style strain to manipulate us into the emotions the script doesn't honestly earn.
| Original Score: 2/5
What a story like this requires is a gentle subtlety, but Boyle is certainly not gentle and far from subtle.
Difícil compreender como o roteiro pedestre de Beaufoy, a direção comprometida de Boyle e o próprio filme arrebanharam tantos troféus e placas nos últimos meses.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
As the flash and burn of Boyle's imagery loses its sugar high, the limp proposition that it's covering up becomes more and more evident.
A conceit that grows horribly stale.
An overly convenient romantic drama that feels too prefabricated to be bought into.
Why, when Boyle has for half a film been such a devastating purveyor of social class suffering, would he turn as glossy as a Disney cartoon?
| Original Score: C
There are no surprises in this movie, and most people will be able to predict, within the first ten minutes, roughly how the last ten will pan out.
There hasn't been a social drama this decadently over-hyped since City of God. Boyle plays the same game of pandering to liberal sensibilities while entertaining safe, middle-class distance.
I get why Slumdog Millionaire is getting all the raves. It's well done and it's the kind of movie that gets people's attention. Just not mine.
There's certainly some very good direction, editing and acting - especially by the kids. But the adult actors just didn't seem to carry the weight of the harrowing back story.
Like every non-nutritious piffle hastily-consumed, the guilty reflection will come in the long hours after.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
Does it live up to the hype? For the most part, yes.
| Original Score: 8.3/10
Jets along on a rocket-fuel cocktail of blood-pumping adrenaline, powerful secrets, searing heartache and rousing uplift.
| Original Score: 4/5
Like a director from Hollywood's golden age, Boyle has a particular talent for putting a realistic spin on the outlandish.
| Original Score: 8.4/10
I can't honestly say that I am pulling for Slumdog Millionaire to walk away with the golden statue, but if it does in fact happen, I wouldn't think about complaining for one second.
What is Slumdog Millionaire? A. The next Little Miss Sunshine. B. The greatest movie of all time. C. The most overrated movie of 2008. D. The most un-Danny Boyle Danny Boyle film. Only one answer...
| Original Score: 3.25/4