Midnight's Children Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2013
In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving.
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.
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.
April 25, 2013
Both dreamy and dramatic, a fascinating view of Indian history seen through the prism of a personal story.
April 23, 2013
Midnight's Children has the paradoxical misfortune of being both too rushed and too wearingly long.
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 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.
April 23, 2013
Overproduced.
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.
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.
April 21, 2013
Preserves much of the novel's intricacy and human drama, perhaps due to Salman Rushdie's involvement as co-screenwriter, even if it remains singularly unremarkable from a cinematic perspective.
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.
December 31, 2012
Considering Midnight's Children is bound up in notions of identity, it is faintly disastrous that this adaptation should be so lacking in one of its own.
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