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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Deborah Moggach, Ol Parker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $46.4M
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as Graham Dashwood

as Muriel Donnelly

as Evelyn Greenslade

as Douglas Ainslie

as Sonny Kapoor

as Madge Hardcastle

as Jean Ainslie

as Graham's Colleague

as Estate Agent

as Staff Nurse

as Dr. Ghujarapartidar

as Norman Cousins

as Madge's Son-in-Law

as Madge's Daughter

as Madge's Granddaughte...

as Madge's Grandson

as Taxi Driver

as Evelyn's Son

as Evelyn's Lawyer

as Hairdresser

as Graham's Cleaner

as Douglas's Golf Partn...

as Paramedic

as Airport Security Gua...

as Muriel's Physiothera...

as Young Wasim

as Public Records Offic...

as Rickshaw Driver/Grah...

as Boy Playing Cricket

as Rickshaw Driver/Evel...

as Sunaina

as Anokhi

as Mr. Maruthi

as Mrs. Kapoor

as Viceroy Club Secreta...

as Viceroy Club Barman

as Market Salesman

as Tap Shop Owner

as Tea Room Waiter

as Doctor at Clinic

as Restaurant Owner

as Rickshaw Driver/Jean

as Sunaina
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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 still compensated by a superb ensemble cast.

Carlos Magalhães

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


This was sweet, with banner acting. Nothing too exciting.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

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