The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 11, 2012
The movie itself is a mawkish comedy-drama-romance, but the astounding cast makes it feel like a night on the West End.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 11, 2012
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an Indian dish for day-trippers. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 11, 2012
Se por um lado merece créditos por enfocar o drama e a comédia da terceira idade, por outro não deixa de desapontar ao apostar num roteiro frágil cujos equívocos acabam sendo disfarçados simplesmente graças à qualidade de seu elenco formidável.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
May 10, 2012
The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 10, 2012
The superb cast still cannot save a weak story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 10, 2012
[It] follows in the footsteps of countless other quaint, lengthily titled dollops of cinematic comfort food aimed at well-settled audiences looking for a little vicarious, AARP-approved spunk. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 10, 2012
There's little that's surprising about the film - everyone ends up pretty much where you'd guess - but that predictable quality becomes part of the pleasure of watching it, like a book that's happily reread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 10, 2012
If nothing else, "Marigold Hotel" is a chance to watch British acting royalty work together in a film that has nothing to do with wizards or Muggles. Yet the result is no less fantasy than "Harry Potter."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
May 10, 2012
By dropping a classic "Brits abroad" story into modern, urban India, "Marigold" brings chaotic energy to what would otherwise be merely cozy and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 10, 2012
"Eat Gray Love"...the whole enterprise [is] too platitudinous, but with powerhouse actors like Dench, Nighy and Wilkinson, even a critic can agree it's better to be plucky than a sour stick-in-the-mud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
May 5, 2012
Your parents probably don't want to go to The Avengers this weekend (and that's okay!) but audiences can do far worse for themselves than to take a quick cinematic trip to John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 5, 2012
They're stuck with a script, by Ol Parker, that's stuffed with contrivance and cliché, and doggedly repetitive as it tracks its characters' efforts to find new love and adapt to new surroundings.
Alison Willmore
Movieline
May 4, 2012
As mild, comforting and vaguely colonial as beans on toast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel brings together some of Britain's top-shelf acting treasures for a story of late-life awakenings and self-discovery in India.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 4, 2012
Pretty much anyone with an AARP card will relate to this movie in some way and therefore adore it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
May 4, 2012
An esteemed ensemble cast of British veterans elevates this modestly charming saga.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 4, 2012
They're not super; they're superannuated 'Avengers.' If I had to put money on which film would still be standing in theaters come Labor Day, it would be this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 4, 2012
The witty script, Eastern locale, and tony cast may summon up memories of the old Merchant-Ivory films.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 4, 2012
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an ersatz experience, a commingling of forced uplift and exotica, but it's moving anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 4, 2012
Moviegoers of a certain age are eager to see themselves reflected on screen, no matter how banal that reflection looks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
May 4, 2012
It's comfort food filmmaking, designed to satiate the appetite of its specific audience.
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