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Mother India Reviews

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Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 14, 2002
The only thing this ponderous Bollywood epic could inspire is matricide.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
True, there are dull spots and the overripe supporting cast pale beside Nargis' 'force of nature' central performance, but overall it's a wallowy treat.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 20, 2002
An outrageous masala of apparently discordant elements.
Sandi Chaitram
August 15, 2002
A gem made in the 'Golden Age' of Indian cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 15, 2002
This looks a bit creaky now, but it's a big, entertaining work, with echoes of The Good Earth and Gone With the Wind.
George Wu
August 16, 2002
Throughout Mother India, [Mehboob] presents the landscape, the crops, the herds of livestock practically as characters in themselves.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
August 22, 2002
Often said to have helped set the pattern for the nearly 50 years of Indian film that has followed it.
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2013
As the mother, Nargis is as resolute as a force of nature, and Mehboob Khan creates tableaux of the family that evoke its fragile unity.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 18, 2013
Put it this way, it's the birth of the Bollywood blockbuster. It should be on every cineaste's must-see list.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
August 22, 2002
The most popular film in Indian history -- it's said to have been playing somewhere in the country every day since its release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2003
The first great Bollywood blockbuster, Mother India (Bharat Mata) a purposefully melodramatic musical, liberally laced with action, wit, humour and also a strongly socialist strain.

Total Film
March 18, 2013
Mother India is quintessential popular Hindi cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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