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The Guru Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
February 16, 2003
Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Larry Carroll
January 31, 2003
If laughs were calories, The Guru would be the equivalent of a Weight Watchers breakfast bar.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 31, 2003
The actors do all they can to make up for the limp script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 3, 2003
It's as if somebody dropped three bad scripts on the floor of a production office, and somebody else picked up the pages in random order and said, 'Let's make a movie out of this! And let's get Heather Graham to star!'
Todd Gilchrist
June 10, 2003
. . .a noble effort to bring the thrills of Bollywood to America, but this magic carpet never quite gets off the ground because it traffics in too many cinematic clichés. . .
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
February 9, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clint Morris
November 11, 2002
Had "The Guru" beefed up its vacillating plot with more observable differences between the states and India, we might have had more of a film here
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It may have the melody, visage and basics of a Bollywood biggie, but truth be told, The Guru, despite it's zest and lure, gives the far-off genus a bad wrap.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
February 2, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 4, 2003
... those modest virtues can't prevail against the coarse jokes and shabby ethnic stereotypes of Tracey Jackson's disjointed script, Daisy von Scherler Mayer's unsteady direction, or the unflattering cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
January 26, 2003
Falls horribly off track and opts out for cheap laughs and some sort of misplaced commentary on the porn industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 24, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 14, 2003
(The) musical numbers (of which there should be more) are full of spirit, sass and innocent splashes of energy, but the rest is haphazardly staged, passively filmed and edited with little regard to comic timing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 31, 2003
This American version of a Bollywood musical is one of the worst films I have run across in the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 13, 2003
Belos figurinos, boas seqüências musicais (embora em número insuficiente para servir como referência a Bollywood) e Marisa Tomei de lingerie - estes são os pontos fortes do filme. Os pontos fracos? Todo o resto.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 30, 2003
The bizarre outcome of this nervy conceptual hybrid is a movie that plays stylistic hopscotch as it jumps from one square to the next, teetering perilously each time it lands on one quaking ankle.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jan Stuart
January 31, 2003
As a satire of charismatic cult movements, Tracey Jackson's screenplay merely toys with the possibilities.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 14, 2003
The movie offers up too many airy spiritual lessons in the hope of crossing from farce to sentiment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Keyes
February 28, 2003
...a clunky, idiotic, laughless and amateurish collection of scenes targeted to people who have the intellect of mattress springs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
February 20, 2003
Although the film is loaded with potential and many satirical targets, the execution of the material leaves a lot to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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