• 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

Leslie Felperin
Variety
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January 22, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

May 11, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2012
William Goss
Film.com
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The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 10, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 5, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The witty script, Eastern locale, and tony cast may summon up memories of the old Merchant-Ivory films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 4, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an ersatz experience, a commingling of forced uplift and exotica, but it's moving anyway.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

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
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
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
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
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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Is this the dullest movie of the last 12 months or am I overlooking something?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

May 3, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR
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It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well.

Full Review Source: NPR

May 3, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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'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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 3, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 3, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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As two-hour tours go, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" goes smoothly.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A charming, funny and heartwarming movie ... a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 3, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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 Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 2, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] lulling, happy-face story of retirement-age self-renewal, set in a shimmering, weltering, jewel-colored India.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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The plot twists are about as venerable as the cast and predictably affecting when performed with such old-hand proficiency.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 1, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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When not pivoting on an almost imperially predetermined plot point, it's doling out dollops of the most conventional wisdom imaginable...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Judi Dench delivers one of her most wide-ranging and moving performances.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 1, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 9, 2012
Ben Walters
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2012
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