• 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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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Fabulously acted retiree drama will appeal more to parents.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

May 4, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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There are brutal truths about the declining years in Best Exotic, from loneliness to financial woes that can't be solved by getting a new job, but they are amply padded with comedy and cheery messages about acceptance; this is no bitter pill to swallow.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 4, 2012

If Carl from 'Up' bumped into 'Shirley Valentine'; if 'Eat Pray Love''s Liz Gilbert located a personality; if John Madden echoed his artful juggle from 'Shakespeare in Love' -- oh, wait, he did...

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 8.5/10

May 4, 2012
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

At its finest sitting back and allowing the gifted performers an opportunity to feel around the situations, usually discovering the most precise emotions to play.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

May 4, 2012
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The production looks good with its bright colors, the locale is, indeed, exotic and the acting is serviceable but the script...has no life to it.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 4, 2012
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may not be capable of living up to every word in the title, but it does make for one engaging escape, no matter your age.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 4, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's hard to complain too much when your leads are Dench and Smith, Nighy and Wilkinson - all giving an actor's master class in the power of doing just enough.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

It's a film about people of a certain age; as it happens, they're all played by the creme de la creme of U.K. actors of a certain age. What jolly luck!

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 4, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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With its stereotypical characters and creaky plot turns, this passage to India feels even longer than its running time.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The entertainment that one is able to derive from it is directly proportional to the appeal of each character. Those levels vary widely.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 4, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

When a film has a dream cast led by Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy, you can't go far wrong, and that is exactly the case with Ol Parker's adaptation of the novel by prolific British television and screenwriter Deborah Moggach

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Original Score: 2.1/2

May 3, 2012
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Yes, the actors here deliver the monologues ... with verve, but these aren't characters. They alternate between speechmaker and sounding board for another's speech.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

May 3, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Marigold Hotel" is too well made to be dismissed and contains too much truth to be scorned.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Those who will see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are looking for something calm, safe, gently humorous, and entirely unchallenging. And that's exactly what they get.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This movie is sure to appeal to an older crowd, and it's great that a film has been made for their demographic. One just wishes it were a little better than this one.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 3, 2012
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

A dream team ensemble cast of British acting superstars gives a predictable story of displaced retirees spark and depth in this cozy tale.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

May 3, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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It's a cup of tea made no less satisfying by the fact that you'll know how it's going to taste every sip of the way.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

May 3, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Besides its sterling cast, its ace in the hole is its pungent depiction of Jaipur's teeming streets, which give an otherwise well-mannered movie a blinding splash of color.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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It all makes for a movie whose infectious charm outweighs some of the predictability that slips in around the edges.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
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