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The Namesake Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 5, 2007
Bollywood stars Tabu and Khan are excellent as Gogol's concerned parents, and Taraporevala is patient enough to allow their characters to build a real relationship from the ground up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2007
This poignant tale resonates wherever you are placed in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 1, 2007
The performances are formidable and moving, and there's much to be gleaned about the natural, universal clash between generations and between cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 1, 2007
Penn is just wrong for it.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
March 31, 2007
There were many moments when I found myself wanting to refer to the book to find out what really happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 31, 2007
The clash of cultures is simply the beginning of a journey that is as emotionally dense as it is colourful. From tears to elation..
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 30, 2007
Because the film has a lot of ground to cover in a short time, it offers linear, literal and sometimes stilted representations of the book's elegant interior voice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 30, 2007
This is a very good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 30, 2007
The movie might be perceived as being a little slow but it's surprisingly engrossing, and the occasional bits of humor are welcome and in keeping with the tone of the entire piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 30, 2007
The end result hits the right notes, but with insufficient force.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
March 30, 2007
Sweeping and intimate at once.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
March 30, 2007
The Namesake delivers such a tactile presence that it's difficult not to leave feeling as if you've just struggled through a New York winter, attended an Indian wedding, and returned from a Calcutta holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 30, 2007
Told with compassion and delicacy, The Namesake provides a stirring view of cultural assimilation and personal discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 30, 2007
Director Mira Nair is in her element here, ... celebrating her native India and its cross-connections with America.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 30, 2007
...a wonderful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 30, 2007
Mira Nair is the sort of talent we take for granted, discovering it all over again when she has a new film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 29, 2007
Intelligent and insightful, The Namesake celebrates family in a unique way.
| Original Score: B+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 29, 2007
If you're not a basketcase of sobby, sloppy tears of sadness and joy by the end of The Namesake, then I don't know what's wrong with you.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 29, 2007
worth watching for the acting and for some heartfelt tearjerker moments
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
March 29, 2007
A rewarding adaptation of a well-regarded book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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