• 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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Fernando F. Croce

Shows how a critic-pleasing film can be every bit as overbearing as a crowd-pleasing one

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

Danny Boyle's hyperactive camera and rude-boy style strain to manipulate us into the emotions the script doesn't honestly earn.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 3, 2008
David Cornelius

What a story like this requires is a gentle subtlety, but Boyle is certainly not gentle and far from subtle.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 18, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

March 6, 2009
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 13, 2008
Chris Cabin

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.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2008
Marcy Dermansky

A conceit that grows horribly stale.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 12, 2008
Dustin Putman

An overly convenient romantic drama that feels too prefabricated to be bought into.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 11, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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?

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

November 13, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 17, 2008
Armond White
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

November 12, 2008
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

November 14, 2008
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2009
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Like every non-nutritious piffle hastily-consumed, the guilty reflection will come in the long hours after.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

February 19, 2009
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
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
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

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
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times

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.

Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2009
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

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...

Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) | Original Score: 3.25/4

December 7, 2008
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