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Midnight's Children Reviews

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 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 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
In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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 23, 2013
Midnight's Children has the paradoxical misfortune of being both too rushed and too wearingly long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2013
So lavish and unwieldy is the book, Rushdie's best, that a film of it can't help but feel like a helpless reduction, like a bucket of water passed off as an ocean.
April 22, 2013
It's a vibrant journey, but not a terribly illuminating one.
April 22, 2013
The film is ambitious and often sumptuous to watch but not always dramatically satisfying.
December 18, 2012
Mehta fudges the political allegory in favour of the story's magical realism, but still can't get her arms around the material - or past Rushdie's own bear-hug.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2012
Watchable without ever feeling essential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2012
Deepa Mehta has crafted an epic, visually pleasing tale weaving politics, colourful splendour, romantic love and magic with her most ambitious film to date ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4