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Chandni Chowk To China Reviews

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 11, 2009
This is a fun movie, as well as an interesting peek into what entertains audiences in a different culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
May 10, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China is a fresh, invigorating mashup of Bollywood and Asian martial arts epics. Then, it stays around a good half hour too long. Way too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick
March 1, 2009
An energetic, if uneven, movie masala whose ingredients include broad comedy, fists of fury, dark family secrets and musical numbers.
Thomas Leupp
IGN Movies
January 28, 2009
Packs enough entertaining moments in its 154-minute running time to whet our appetite for more films from the subcontinent, but its sloppy audio and low-rent visual effects will likely prove distracting to American audiences accustomed to more polished fa
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2009
If Chandni Chowk to China is any indication, a combination of Bollywood and kung-fu movies is something the world needed without even realizing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 22, 2009
...so energetically off-the-wall that the sheer novelty alone makes it entertain much of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
January 16, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China is Bollywood's all-singing, all-dancing, all-Hindi bid to conquer America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 16, 2009
Chandni Chowk is the kind of madness to which you surrender unconditionally or not at all. You'll find the trans-Asian journey from the market street in Delhi to the tyrannized village in China bewitching or bewildering, with little room in between.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
January 16, 2009
Chandni Chowk isn't going to appeal to those not already entertained by Bollywood and kung-fu movie clichés. But it could turn the charismatic Kumar into a global star, making the prescribed happy ending even sweeter for Warner Bros.
| Original Score: B
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John Anderson
Variety
January 16, 2009
If Chandni Chowk to China were a person, it would need Valium.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
January 16, 2009
If Chandni Chowk To China is not exactly original, it steals wisely, resulting in a movie that moves and entertains (even if it's too long by at least a half-hour).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 16, 2009
Think of the title of this Bollywood/martial-arts mashup as a riff on North by Northwest. And like that preeminent American entertainment, CC2C is stylish, slick and full of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 16, 2009
Chandi Chowk is fun but somewhat exhausting, with several elaborate production numbers, a bullet-proof umbrella that also serves as a parachute, a magical potato -- plus a running time just over 2 1/2 hours, which is short by Bollywood standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stan Hall
Oregonian
January 16, 2009
After a while the film chills out just enough, getting by on the sheer force of its grandeur and good humor.
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2009
To appreciate this scenic spectacle requires a leap of faith that will test even die-hard Bollywood fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 16, 2009
If you can get into the frenetic rhythm of the thing, it has its charms.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 16, 2009
Long story short: There was plenty that I liked about Chandni. But I also couldn't wait for it to end.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
January 16, 2009
The first-ever Bollywood kung fu comedy qualifies as deliriously and endearingly bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 16, 2009
This Indian/Chinese cinematic hybrid is likable and entertaining but overlong and occasionally hokey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 16, 2009
Brimming with talent, technically masterful on many levels, this overwrought Bollywood/martial-arts caper should please fans of both genres ready to be happily assaulted for two-and-a-half hours.
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