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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews

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Leslie Felperin
Variety
January 22, 2013
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 11, 2012
As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 11, 2012
Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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+
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 4, 2012
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 4, 2012
A refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 4, 2012
With its stereotypical characters and creaky plot turns, this passage to India feels even longer than its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2012
"Marigold Hotel" is too well made to be dismissed and contains too much truth to be scorned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 3, 2012
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2012
It all makes for a movie whose infectious charm outweighs some of the predictability that slips in around the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 3, 2012
Is this the dullest movie of the last 12 months or am I overlooking something?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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May 3, 2012
It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 3, 2012
'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is proof that art-house films can be as clichéd and soggily sentimental as the big-ticket items playing at the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 3, 2012
With a lesser cast, the movie would be a lineup of TV-movie clichés. But this is a cast that never makes a false move even when the script settles for formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 3, 2012
They might not be doing groundbreaking work here, but Dench, Nighy, Wilkinson and the rest are doing what they are given to do very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 3, 2012
Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker take the easiest, most familiar paths (we're still doing Viagra jokes?), dropping every opportunity to explore issues like culture clash, loneliness and mortality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 3, 2012
A gently amusing tale of seven seniors who run away from dreary old England for a new life as retirement Raj in India.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2012
As two-hour tours go, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" goes smoothly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 3, 2012
Brought to life by actors who give the film substance and gravity it doesn't otherwise know how to earn.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2012
A charming, funny and heartwarming movie ... a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 2, 2012
Mostly, "Marigold Hotel" is old-fashioned, safe and resistant to stray from its comfort zone -- like visiting a foreign country and only eating the foods you already know you like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2012
[A] lulling, happy-face story of retirement-age self-renewal, set in a shimmering, weltering, jewel-colored India.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 1, 2012
Mostly, we're stuck watching U.K. cinema bright lights ... navigating sub-sitcom scenarios that touch perfunctorily, sometimes borderline offensively, on issues of sexuality, soulmates and culture clash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 1, 2012
The plot twists are about as venerable as the cast and predictably affecting when performed with such old-hand proficiency.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 1, 2012
When not pivoting on an almost imperially predetermined plot point, it's doling out dollops of the most conventional wisdom imaginable...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 1, 2012
Judi Dench delivers one of her most wide-ranging and moving performances.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2012
A sterling cast and a fine balance of comedy and poignancy make this story of unfulfilled Brit retirees discovering new life in India a pleasure-filled journey.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 21, 2012
They might have just got away with it as a Sunday night mini-series but from a cinematic perspective, this trip shouldn't have been embarked upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5