• PG-13, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Madden
    In Theaters:
    May 4, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 18, 2012
  • 20th Century Fox


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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews

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Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

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 Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 20, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B

June 2, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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 Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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 Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 21, 2013
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

January 15, 2013
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

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

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B-

October 23, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

If you like films about travel, if you like watching film legends work together, you might want to check into "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Consummate professionals and some sharp writing and interesting cinematography make it worth the trip.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

October 12, 2012
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire

It would be churlish to condemn The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in its entirety. It delivers some real laughs and offers brilliant performances from an experienced cast; just don't expect anything you haven't seen before.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2012
Jeff Beck

It may not be a particularly memorable film, but it's a joy to watch so much talent on the screen.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Almost exactly what I expected (with a few very nice twists), and you know what? That's just fine.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 12, 2012
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If all you want to see is talented British performers of a certain age, then 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is for you. If you want something surprising, perhaps with a bit of an edge, then you'll have to look elsewhere.

Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2012
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

I went, as I imagine many people will, for some Quality Dame Time and I got it so I shouldn't complain...

Full Review Source: Film Experience | Original Score: B

June 22, 2012
Jeremy Heilman

Penelope Wilton, as the sourpuss among the group, takes top honors. She is the only one who refuses to be taken in by the cheap exoticism and trite affirmations that Hotel offers its guests.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 47/100

June 20, 2012
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Perhaps only one of the stories rises above cliche, but they are all told well with the total being more than the sum of the parts

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 7/10

June 18, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Everything in Ol Parker's screenplay plays out in gently predictable fashion. It's up to the delightful cast, and to the light touch of director John Madden, to bring life and warmth.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 14, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Clothes may make the man, but they most CERTAINLY make the character," Bill Nighy says. "I spend quite a lot of time fretting over what a character would wear, how he'll look."

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This mixture of comedy and drama works because of the very talented cast. Some of the dialog is quite good, too. It is also nice to see an intelligent movie aimed at adults for a change.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

June 7, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper

The acting talent elevates a run of the mill story to grander heights

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

June 7, 2012
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Even if the film's amenities are wildly uneven, there's enough fun and poignancy in it to earn the property three stars.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 3/4

June 4, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Made with precision and verve, this retiree comedy uses veteran actors to bring out the joys and heartbreaks of a life-changing stay in a disheveled Indian hotel.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

June 3, 2012
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