Midnight's Children Reviews

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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2013
There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots.
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.
May 2, 2013
Mehta has given us something as pale as it is panoramic.
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.
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.