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Midnight's Children Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
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.
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 14, 2013
Amidst all the exuberance on screen, a major literary work has been given a new and accessible form of life.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2013
A miniseries might have been able to knock this story out of the park, but the movie is a solid double.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 6, 2013
A film bloated by excess material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 17, 2013
A highly eventful, allegorical portrait of the contentious dual nature of the Indian subcontinent.
Brian Orndorf
May 15, 2013
Teeming with personality and digestible flights of fancy, only to be crushed by the overall narrative responsibility, unable to juggle faces and places to satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 10, 2013
A sprawling, lumbering epic that manages to preserve a substantial amount of the book's content but achieves little of its magic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
May 8, 2013
Rushdie adeptly trims his sprawling tale down to a still-substantial 2 1/2-hour movie, which only occasionally seems to hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2013
There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
May 2, 2013
Mehta has given us something as pale as it is panoramic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 29, 2013
Rushdie's characteristic antic humor animates the family scenes, but the movie gets bogged down in endless plot convolutions and whimsy (the material would have worked better as a TV miniseries).
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 26, 2013
Stirring, beautifully filmed and highly personal history of India does right by Salman Rushdie's celebrated novel.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 26, 2013
In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
April 25, 2013
A movie that, if never exactly dull, feels drained of the mythic juice that powers the book, which won the Booker Prize in 1981.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
The cinematography is memorably vibrant, and the performances are solid, even if they pass by too swiftly. Most of all, of course, the subject matter remains fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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