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Midnight's Children Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2013
A film bloated by excess material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
May 17, 2013
A highly eventful, allegorical portrait of the contentious dual nature of the Indian subcontinent.
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
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
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
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
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+
May 3, 2013
There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
May 2, 2013
Mehta has given us something as pale as it is panoramic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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).
April 26, 2013
Stirring, beautifully filmed and highly personal history of India does right by Salman Rushdie's celebrated novel.
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