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½ August 2, 2015
Very Anti-American. It starts with a hotel doorman assuming Maggie Smith has an Australian accent (to establish Americans are ignorant and can't tell the difference between a British and Australian accent). It is followed by a diatribe on how Americans serve tea. Then, at one point the character, Maggie Smith, is asked "how was American on returning to India." Her response, "It makes death look inviting." This is just 15 minutes into the movie. I am upset I spent $5.00 to stream this tripe.
July 17, 2015
A good story perform by a group of excellent actors.
April 27, 2012
Sweet, funny and thought provoking. Great film with an even better cast!
½ July 10, 2015
A superb cast, and a sweet, touching and enjoyable film which will entertain a wide audience. Pleasantly suprised.
½ July 5, 2015
Sweet movie. Good acting as well, really liked the story.
July 2, 2015
Un beau petit film qui rend heureux. À voir lorsque' il fait maussade dehors
June 28, 2015
originally i wasn't going to see this movie, but i am so glad i did! this film is absolutely amazing! the cast comes together perfectly, and they all stand up separately. the story was amazing, the acting was amazing, and the quotes were just so brilliant, i just want to write them all down, and live by them! this is a must see movie for all movie lovers!
½ June 28, 2015
Un reparto increíble y una buena puesta en escena, una historia agradable y el resultado una buena película, pero no más.
½ April 6, 2015
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a predictable and sweetened crowd-pleaser which wonderfully exploits its terrific cast, pleases with cleverly written comedic elements and delivers an excellent home video entertainment. The combination of a formidable cinematography, family friendly story and a cast ensemble that stuns with the performances of every single actor/actress, this dramedy has a heartbeat much stronger and livelier than most other similar deliveries.
John Madden's movie follows the story of a group of British retirees who decide to move to India, searching for a more exotic, cheaper, yet luxurious place to live. Attracted by the advertisements of the Marigold Hotel, they all get one way tickets to India, but soon realize that nothing is as they initially expected. Confronted with the realities, their past, their own relationship problems and last, but not least, with a most ambitious young hotel entrepreneur, the British retirees have to re-discover their lives. Smoothly paced, partially melancholic and with glimpses of sharply written humor, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a trip worth being seen if not for the story, then for the presence of Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Ronald Pickup. All of them are a proof that even if the story is completely clichéd and predictable, if given some acting space actors like them are capable of changing a movie for the better.
In conclusion, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is far from being anything special, but yet it remains to deliver a formidable home video entertainment. A blend of splendid acting, drama, feel-good moments, good humor and melancholy, it offers a crow-pleasing content that would certainly touch you.
October 19, 2013
It was a sad, but beautiful and charming film.
May 23, 2015
A great cast of seasoned British actors make the most of this mostly fluff story.
May 17, 2015
A bit on the melodramatic and generic side, but what a cast! So many veteran actors and actresses on the same screen, unparalleled in getting so many legends of British acting together.
May 17, 2015
Glücklicherweise haben die Filmemacher nicht vieles von der schlimmen Buchvorlage übernommen. Wunderschöne Kulisse, tolle Cast, aber irgendwie ohne Herz. (März 2015)
½ April 27, 2015
Sickly sweet at times and not entirely unpredictable, but with such an amazing cast it is nevertheless a very enjoyable watch. Pity its only the veterans that shine though, hopefully Dev Patel is taking notes.
May 3, 2015
Come vorremmo essere da vecchi ! (?)
April 24, 2015
De las mejores historias que he visto... Inspiradora y emocionante
½ April 21, 2015
Although it's fairly predictable in places, the cast raise what could have been an "I-started-off-hating-India-but-came-to-love-it" movie into a moving and magical piece of entertainment. I'm happy that the director chose to omit the usual tourist attractions and instead concentrate mainly on everyday India for the scenes shot outside of the hotel. I'm looking forward to the sequel with bated breath.
April 4, 2015
I've enjoyed that movie where the British people were traveling to India!
½ April 1, 2015
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is full of great performances and moments of sweetness and hilarity, and feels kind of like "Love Actually" had it been set in India and about seniors.

Each actor has excellent scenes, though my favorites are Maggie Smith as the stereotypically racist outsider who is sent to India pretty much against her will so she can have an operation, and Tom Wilkinson as a judge who grew up and fell in love with a man in India 40 years ago and has now come back for the first time in search of him.

Dev Patel is also great as the optimistic yet unlucky owner of the titular hotel, who spends most of the film trying to convince his mother to let him marry the woman he loves and keep the hotel open.

The overarching plot isn't all that spectacular - old people movie to India to a sort of retirement home / hotel hybrid and they make friends with each other, sort out their problems with themselves and each other, and find love and other pleasures. Much of the second half is very predictable and a lot of things seem way too convenient, but it's a nice treat to enjoy a couple hours of some of our favorite older British defy ageism and show they're still on top of their game. The direction and production are lighthearted and modest, and it all feels like a nice little adventure.

I might not have been shocked or learned a whole lot, but I certainly had a smile on my face the whole way through.
½ March 29, 2015
Bravo! Awesome performances and Maggie Smith saves the day. What could be better?
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