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The Guru Reviews

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
February 14, 2003
A precipitous comedic falloff in the third quarter earns the film a qualified recommendation at best.
February 14, 2003
With a reach that frequently falls short, higher wit and sexual sophistication crumble into plain old silliness.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 14, 2003
A trifle, a silly one at that, but it's a charming trifle that's hard to resist.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
February 14, 2003
A mixed-up masala saved only partly by a charismatic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 14, 2003
A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.
February 7, 2003
Delightful screwball comedy.
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!'
February 3, 2003
Works better than it probably should thanks mainly to a ready-for -anything lead performance by the ridiculously charismatic Jimi Mistry and equally game performances from an amusing supporting cast including Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei.
Top Critic
January 31, 2003
Agreeable and slipshod in equal fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2003
It feels like an upstart indie, thanks to its original script, endearing performances, colourful aesthetic, uplifting soundtrack, parodic undertones and the compelling theme of ethnic assimilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2003
Mistry and co-star Heather Graham lend a fetching naivete to their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 31, 2003
If the film is true to the high spirits and vulgarity of Bollywood (and reasonably authentic in its depiction of Indian speech), it's also true to the crude plotting and characterization all too common in Bollywood.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2003
It's goofy enjoyment that will have you humming Grease tunes the rest of the day.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2003
There is hardly a funny line in the whole script, and director Mayer has no idea of what comic timing and delivery are all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 30, 2003
It's better than it sounds.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 30, 2003
Calibrated to please, The Guru is a down-market but enjoyable goof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2003
This is the kind of movie for which the term 'guilty pleasure' was coined.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 30, 2003
Charmless and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 30, 2003
A geek-love homage to the musical romantic-comedy and its cross-cultural appeal, hitting all the formula marks with just enough tongue-in-cheek knowingness to buff off the tarnish.
January 30, 2003
As an experiment, The Guru bubbles over a bit, but still coaxes laughter from an audience while challenging its boundaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 30, 2003
If you're in the mood for something silly, here's your movie.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 29, 2003
This very funny studio picture plays like an indie lark.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 28, 2003
Bolly-go-lightly hybrid The Guru manages to have its dosa and eat it, too -- allowing that culture is a con game, while seeking pleasure in the deception.