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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Reviews

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Jay Stone
Canada.com
May 16, 2013
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a small personal story, based on a novel by Mohsin Hamid, that has been inflated into an unwieldy epic. It's a brave one, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
May 16, 2013
[An] assured adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
May 16, 2013
Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Damon Wise
Radio Times
May 16, 2013
This is a film that makes some very interesting points about how society and the media can combine to create history's monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 14, 2013
among the most provocative releases of the year
Full Review | Original Score: B
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Aside from the lead-pipe moralizing, Mira Nair's timely and important film is an eye-opening parable about identity and how it relates to the War on Terror.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 10, 2013
[Mira] Nair's 'home is where the heart is' theme means she is never too distracted from reminding us that every human being deserves a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
The List
May 10, 2013
In her process of cinematic adaptation, Nair has removed much of the source novel's ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 10, 2013
Something is lost in translation, perhaps because Nair is at her best with more personal, less expansive epics such as Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
May 10, 2013
It's hard to dismiss Ms Nair's attempts to map out the anatomy of a potential terrorist. The actors, particularly Ahmed and Hudson, are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 10, 2013
The picture is long-winded and rather predictable but Ahmed is terrific and it's beautifully made by director Mira Nair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
May 10, 2013
At any rate "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an interesting movie with some interesting performances, it's just too unwieldy for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 10, 2013
Ambiguity is at the heart of the novel, but Nair is never quite sure what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
May 10, 2013
You leave the cinema with your teeth clenched, muttering: "at least it meant well".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 10, 2013
As a culture-clash story the film works well enough, but as a character study it's a bit of a scramble.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 9, 2013
[It] proves what we all knew or suspected. Good art isn't about ideological bookkeeping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 9, 2013
An intriguing film about the blowback involved when melting-pot America goes to war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 9, 2013
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" serves as a welcome rejoinder to some of the more jingoistic rhetoric of the last dozen years.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
May 9, 2013
It most disappoints as a thriller, the flashbacks and voiceovers and romantic entanglements so dominating the proceedings you forget that someone is bound and gagged in real time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Basia Cummings
Little White Lies
May 9, 2013
Boosted by a terrific lead turn from Riz Ahmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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