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Midnight's Children Reviews

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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
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
May 17, 2013
A highly eventful, allegorical portrait of the contentious dual nature of the Indian subcontinent.
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
April 26, 2013
In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
April 25, 2013
Both dreamy and dramatic, a fascinating view of Indian history seen through the prism of a personal story.
April 23, 2013
An ambitious film conveying the complicated and violent early history of India and Pakistan through the stories of two boys born on independence day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2013
Deepa Mehta's respectful approach to the material may meander and simplify, but it gradually gains in emotional power, building into a moving account of a man whose many experiences mirror the growing pains of an independent India.
January 4, 2013
With an over-written screenplay and far too much material for audiences to digest, this film proves the rule that authors shouldn't adapt their own books into movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2012
The film is stunningly beautiful. And the story retains at least some of the elements that made the novel so special in its imagination, ambition and scope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 24, 2012
Midnight's Children is the perfect medley of story, cast and characterisation infused with Rushdie's poetic brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 24, 2012
Mehta has a painterly eye, giving her images a mythological beauty and tender sensuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 24, 2012
Thanks to Rushdie's sensitive handling of his own material, this is an adaptation big in both ideas and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 24, 2012
As a film and novel, Midnight's Children is a great baggy work ...
December 21, 2012
The swirl of history is often too much for the intimacy on display, and the result is decidedly ponderous in places. Yet this is a handsome, well-produced and thoughtfully designed epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2012
There's enough here to entertain - and to send audiences back to the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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