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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.

Movie Info

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. -- (C) Fox Searchlightmore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ol Parker, Deborah Moggach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $46.4M
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Tom Wilkinson
as Graham Dashwood
Maggie Smith
as Muriel Donnelly
Judi Dench
as Evelyn Greenslade
Bill Nighy
as Douglas Ainslie
Dev Patel
as Sonny Kapoor
Celia Imrie
as Madge Hardcastle
Penelope Wilton
as Jean Ainslie
Patrick Pearson
as Graham's Colleague
James Rawlings
as Estate Agent
Liza Tarbuck
as Staff Nurse
Paul Bhattacharjee
as Dr. Ghujarapartidar
Ronald Pickup
as Norman Cousins
Simon Wilson
as Madge's Son-in-Law
Sara Stewart
as Madge's Daughter
Ramona Marquez
as Madge's Granddaughte...
Raoul Marquez
as Madge's Grandson
Glen Davies
as Taxi Driver
Jay Villiers
as Evelyn's Son
Paul Bentall
as Evelyn's Lawyer
Louise Brealey
as Hairdresser
Catherine Terris
as Graham's Cleaner
Richard Cubison
as Douglas's Golf Partn...
Josh Cohen
as Paramedic
Joshua Cole
as Airport Security Gua...
Bhuvanesh Shetty
as Muriel's Physiothera...
Honey Chhaya
as Young Wasim
Shubhrajyoti Barat
as Public Records Offic...
Narendra Kumar Ahmed
as Rickshaw Driver/Grah...
Hem Acharya
as Boy Playing Cricket
Kailash Vijay
as Rickshaw Driver/Evel...
Tina Desai
as Sunaina
Seema Azmi
as Anokhi
Vishnu Sharma
as Mr. Maruthi
Lillete Dubey
as Mrs. Kapoor
Denzil Smith
as Viceroy Club Secreta...
Sandeep Lele
as Viceroy Club Barman
Neeraj Kadela
as Market Salesman
S.N. Purohit
as Tap Shop Owner
Shiv Palawat
as Tea Room Waiter
Mahesh Udeshi
as Doctor at Clinic
Gagan Mishra
as Restaurant Owner
A.R. Rama
as Rickshaw Driver/Jean
Tena Desae
as Sunaina
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News & Interviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Critic Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (38)

It's a movie about finding purpose in life, late in life, that makes its point by first subjecting its characters to the most reductive grumpy-old-men/women shenanigans.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

A predictable, sugary-sweet confection that thrives on the liver-spotted backs of its sterling silver-haired actors.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

its difficult to sit through the final scenes without thinking of what Madden could have cut to earn Marigold Hotel a five-star rating.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

Proof that even the young can mistakenly see the aged as elderly. Their bodies may have degraded, but their minds and spirits are no less sharp.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a true example of an ensemble piece where a group of veteran actors show that they are just as good as they ever were.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
We Got This Covered

Even at its most arm-twistingly obvious, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ultimately ended up leaving me somewhere close to smitten.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Even if mildly refreshing and centered on a group of elderly people, which is something we don't see very often, this film is full of highs and lows, with a weak script that has too many clichés and artificial resolutions but is still compensated by a superb ensemble cast.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


There is a lot of content - the movie is set in and 'exotic' retirement hotel in India, and deals with seven Brits - how they got there and what they need in their retirements. It also throws in some complications of the Indian family that runs the hotel. It is a well-written story.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" earns most of it's praise from having such a talented cast, cleverly written comedy, and a story that will have people of all ages enjoying it's touching message of elderly people bonding, and realizing things about their lives. Having a running time of over two hours, it does feel it's length at times, but it is a very well-made film all around, making up for any slow moments. I have always been a fan of stories that involve multiple people from various locations all crossing paths and becoming the centre of the story. The cast interacts fantastically together, almost as if they were all meant to be cast, and when happy accident like that happen, great films comes from it. There are a few cliched feel-good scenes to get you through to the end, but overall, it is a highly enjoyable film with many great elements. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a very impressive film for what it is.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Quotes

Madge Hardcastle: One was rather hoping to fly under the radar, but one is a member of the royal family.
Mr. Maruthi: Which member, madam?
Madge Hardcastle: I'm Princess Margaret.
Mr. Maruthi: It is most certainly an honor to meet you, madam. And may I say how well you look, especially taking into account that you died nine years ago.
– Submitted by Victor M (2 years ago)
Evelyn Greenslade: Is it our friend we are grieving for, whose life we knew so little? Or is it our own loss that we are mourning? Have we traveled far enough that we can allow our tears to fall?
Madge Hardcastle: When someone dies, you think about your own life. And I don't want to grow older. I don't want to be condescended to. To become marginalized and ignored by society. I don't want to be the first person they let off the plane in a hostage crisis.
– Submitted by Victor M (2 years ago)
Sonny Kapoor: You see? Profound satisfaction. Such is the inevitable result of a prolonged stay at the Marigold Hotel. To create a home for the elderly so wonderful that they will simply refuse to die. Stare death in the face and say... What are those men doing?
– Submitted by Victor M (2 years ago)
Evelyn Greenslade: Didn't you have a girlfriend?
Sonny Kapoor: She is my girlfriend no longer.
Evelyn Greenslade: This is a disaster.
Sonny Kapoor: No, no. Then we must treat it just the same as we would treat a triumph, madam. Is that not what your Mr. Kipling tells us? Although, of course, here we have a problem, because I, Sunil Indrajit Kapoor, have never had a triumph. So, of course, I do not know how to treat one. No, all I've had is a constant series of disasters interspersed with occasional catastrophe, an unending stream of total...
– Submitted by Victor M (2 years ago)

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