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Monsoon Wedding Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Chicago Reader
June 22, 2010
A late radical shift in tone, from jittery exuberance to ruinous alienation, strikes an impressive contemporary note amid all the obeisance to custom.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 18, 2008
Nair's stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own.
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Deborah Young
Variety
June 5, 2008
Splashy, noisy and downright fun.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The impression of cosmopolitan modern India, of diaspora lives thrown into collision and collusion, is engaging in itself, but the emotional optimism here is the most heartening aspect of this vivacious film.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
A feel-good picture in the best sense of the term.
| Original Score: A-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A movie to fall in love by and with, a wedding to unite both the two film families and the dazzled multicultural movie audiences who watch them.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
It's as if Nair had set herself on a careerlong mission to strip from every storytelling element all the years of manipulation and bad acting that have turned them into clichés, until all that's left is simple emotion, fully experienced.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 26, 2002
A My Best Punjabi's Wedding full of the emotions, melodrama, singing and shouting that make weddings so funny, no matter what the culture.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 29, 2002
At heart, the film is not that far removed from a well-written soap opera, but its modern-day Delhi setting and its cultural subtexts make up for the pat familiarity of its situations.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 22, 2002
Nair achieves her usual level of dramatic competence.
| Original Score: 3/5
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March 22, 2002
A teeming ensemble comedy shot fast and cheap but with such gorgeous colors and music and swirling silks that you leave with a feeling of riches, of superabundance.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 15, 2002
Swirling, loving, and brilliantly, sensuously colorful, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding energetically celebrates love, family, a culture that comfortably accommodates past and present.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 15, 2002
Monsoon Wedding does what Altman's own The Wedding could not: It allows us to celebrate a questionably blessed occasion without feeling embarrassed or complicit in some traditional scam.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 8, 2002
Pulsates with unforgettable characters and only-in-Delhi comedic situations.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 8, 2002
Provides a visually dazzling and deeply affectionate glimpse of the tensions and traditions that animate much of modern Indian life.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 8, 2002
Filmmakers who can deftly change moods are treasures and even marvels. So, too, is this comedy about mild culture clashing in today's New Delhi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 8, 2002
An intricate, heartfelt tribute to the enduring power of love.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
March 8, 2002
Nair ... in crafting an enchanting movie about a modern Indian family, fills the screen with blooming marigolds, blossoming romances and sizzling dance scenes thrown in just for the heck of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 8, 2002
Brimming with characters and with life.
| Original Score: B+
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 8, 2002
It glows and sings with color and music, and with the humanity of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2002
One of those joyous films that leaps over national boundaries and celebrates universal human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 8, 2002
Cinematic home cooking at its most savory.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 7, 2002
It sings, it dances, it parties with pride.
| Original Score: B+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 7, 2002
A feast for the eyes and ears as its story is a banquet for the heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 7, 2002
The movie gains more resonance as it goes along, drawing us in just as large family reunions do.
| Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2002
Monsoon Wedding works as a comedy, a melodrama, a giddy romance and a dance film. It's a wonder to behold.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 3, 2002
Monsoon Wedding is eminently disposable, but that's its charm. It stays with you just long enough to make you smile.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 1, 2002
Nair has succeeded in her mission to capture the energy and essence of a Punjabi family in modern India.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 1, 2002
[Nair] seems finally and truly at home in this film, whose prevailing tone is a testament to her comfort and ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2002
An energetic and amusing romantic drama about the power of love to make things whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 22, 2002
Uneven, but worth the trip.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 22, 2002
Exhilarating ensemble piece from India.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2002
The old-world- meets-new mesh is incarnated in the movie's soundtrack, a joyful effusion of disco Bollywood that, by the end of Monsoon Wedding, sent my spirit soaring out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
February 21, 2002
This eye-popping Indian wedding comedy is a guaranteed art-house hit. Too bad it misses all the good jokes.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 21, 2002
There are just too many people for the characters to be well developed but this deficiency is balanced by the intimacy of Declan Quinn's cinematography.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 20, 2002
Throwing caution to the wind with an invitation to the hedonist in us all, Nair has constructed this motion picture in such a way that even the most cynical curmudgeon with find himself or herself smiling at one time or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
February 19, 2002
Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 18, 2002
Director Mira Nair, best known for Mississippi Masala, a cross-cultural love story with Denzel Washington, as well as the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay!, aims for pure joy and achieves it.
| Original Score: 4/5