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The Namesake Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Sprawling, uneven, heartfelt
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 30, 2008
Buoyed by terrific performances from Irrfan Kahn and the tremendous Tabu, the film is a bit homogenized but does a good job of exploring the dynamics of blending foreign cultures with American ways of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
lacks focus and never quite finds its footing
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2008
This movie is not bad, I just couldn't connect with it. The Namesake is poignant (I cried once) and spans many years with grace and great acting, but it may be beyond my ken to truly appreciate as it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 7, 2007
What holds it together are the subtle loving performances by Tabu and Khan, both Bollywoood stars. They never overplay, never spell out what can be said in a glance or a shrug, communicate great passion very quietly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jordan Hiller
December 6, 2007
Mira Nair's film is called The Namesake which immediately focuses our attention toward the value of names and naming (and that theme is explored occasionally within the film), but to slip even further down the rabbit hole, the more intriguing area of disc
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Prairie Miller
November 25, 2007
Kal Penn, who got kooky for 'Harold and Kumer Go To White Castle,' shows his impressive serious side here as Gogol Ganguli, a guy who suspects that his given name may be a fatal turnoff with females.
Kam Williams
November 24, 2007
A magnificent meditation on what it might mean for many immigrants to be American in the 21st Century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 13, 2007
A fascinating and gripping drama on the search for identity...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 12, 2007
The all too familiar tale of the upwardly mobile immigrants conflicted between tradition and modernity is played out for all it is worth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2007
Fabulous immigrant-family saga to see with teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007
This is a film made with obvious care and affection, both for the specifics of the story and the broader society it depicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 12, 2007
Una película fresca, reveladora, emotiva, graciosa, encantadora, que se disfruta como un viaje o como un viejo libro que nos han dejado guardado para abrir, por primera vez, en el momento justo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 7, 2007
A very emotionally powerful, moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark R. Leeper
May 10, 2007
intelligent and moving
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
May 1, 2007
When The Namesake ends, one feels as though one has lived with the characters instead of just watching them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
April 27, 2007
Nair obviously cares deeply about these people and, through her sensitive storytelling, she persuades the audience to make an emotional investment in them as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
April 22, 2007
It is a saga told in small pieces, a patchwork of short scenes that tumble after each other almost apologetically, as if they would love to linger a little longer, but there is too much to tell and only so much time in which to do it.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 11, 2007
Nair may have bitten off more than she -- or anyone -- could chew with this sprawling narrative, but she's done as right by it as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 7, 2007
It is a considerable achievement, assured, moving, often very funny.
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