Midnight's Children Reviews

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May 24, 2013
The effort to pack an already overstuffed picaresque epic into a film of more than two hours ends up an indigestible stew.
May 9, 2013
The film is beautifully shot, with vivid production design. But because of the tale's lack of cohesion, it doesn't carry enough emotional heft.
May 9, 2013
Faithfully adapted from Salman Rushdie's award-winning 1981 novel, the movie feels both too packed and too slight, overflowing with vivid details but lacking the structure to support their weight.
May 3, 2013
There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots.
May 3, 2013
A pretty but staidly linear epic drained of the novel's larkish, metaphorical sweep, and a collection of multi-generational love stories lacking their originally eccentric, fizzy charm.
May 2, 2013
Mehta has given us something as pale as it is panoramic.
August 12, 2019
Midnight's Children is simply too long, too glossy, and too safe to reach the epic level it seems to be attempting.
July 31, 2019
Deepa Mehta deserves kudos for directing the magisterial Midnight's Children, although it's a shame screenwriter Salman Rushdie wasn't more ruthless with his own novel.
June 21, 2019
Particularly thanks to Rushdie's involvement as a co-screenwriter, it is easy to feel not only the characters of his novel coming to life, but indeed, the mystical quality of its history.
March 21, 2019
Deepa Mehta's film is only intermittently engaging: it is limited in scope and imagination, and in parts it becomes plodding and stagey.
February 7, 2019
There is undoubtedly a compelling story to be found within Midnight's Children... but the lack of focus means that it feels more like a vignette than the main narrative it perhaps should have been.
September 4, 2018
The trouble with... Midnight's Children, aside from the fact it is a mess and a muddle, is that it goes on and on and on and on. And on. And on. And then, just when you think it has to be over, it goes on some more.
May 15, 2018
Never complex enough to work as an allegory of the complex relationship between India and Pakistan.
August 17, 2017
The general consensus was, while it was beautifully shot, it lacked heart.
August 9, 2017
Midnight's Children is a vibrant epic that spans about 30 years and has a cast of thousands.
October 7, 2016
In dream-like meetings, the diverse gang of "Midnight's Children" first embodies divisions across culture, class, and politics, but as the story unfolds, it reveals where unity has the potential to be restored.
April 28, 2015
There's nothing to hang onto here. Most scenes last only two or three minutes, and events don't accrue so much as they just pig-pile on top of one another.
June 14, 2013
Amidst all the exuberance on screen, a major literary work has been given a new and accessible form of life.
June 6, 2013
A miniseries might have been able to knock this story out of the park, but the movie is a solid double.
May 20, 2013
Rushdie's script is faithful to his source novel to a fault. The lesson is that writers revisiting their work for another medium sometimes can't see the story for the words...
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