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The Namesake Reviews

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Philip Kemp
Sight and Sound
March 27, 2007
If it remains engaging for most of its two-hour running time, it's largely thanks to the casting.
Neil Smith
Total Film
March 27, 2007
It's good to know nominal lead Kal Penn now has something more substantial on his resumé than Harold & Kumar Get The Munchies
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2007
This Indian immigrant family saga is a pleasant watch, but given the emotive source novel, it's surprisingly superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marcy Dermansky
March 26, 2007
The Ganguli's become real people; we experience with the Ganguli's the joy of life and the pain of death and all that comes in between -- nothing earth-shattering, but altogether true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 26, 2007
Kal Penn can actually ACT. Who knew?
| Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2007
As rich, fulfilling and complex as a traditional Indian meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
March 24, 2007
This is a wonderful movie.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 24, 2007
It's an oft-told story of tolerance and assimilation, of no particular interest in itself, but Nair has such a cinematic eye that her films are always a visual feast. She does not disappoint here.
Mike Russell
March 23, 2007
The Namesake doesn't reduce itself to simple ethnic politics and easy critiques.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 23, 2007
A moving generational drama focusing on a Bengali family but searingly universal in its subtle, tender grasp of love, regret and the search for identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 23, 2007
There's more love and heart in The Namesake than in many Hollywood dramas. I just wish the filmmakers had spread it around. Cross-cultural understanding should be a two-way street.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 23, 2007
The Namesake is three-fourths of a fine film. Which is, of course, far better than most.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 23, 2007
Mira Nair has made one of the best movies about the immigrant American experience ever. And even if you know nothing about India and its customs, The Namesake is not a movie you have to get into.
| Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 22, 2007
Namesake is not just a visual experience. The script is witty, the story is beautifully paced, and the performances are exemplary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 19, 2007
Sprawling but affecting family drama, marked by sensitive direction and fine performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 18, 2007
Simply put, "The Namesake" is one of the best films about family, heritage and identity to hit the big screen in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 18, 2007
There are weddings, parties and a funeral in the movie. Nair knows exactly what to do with these. As a director, she has the instincts of a great hostess -- which I mean as high praise.
Cynthia Fuchs
March 17, 2007
Rendered in visual impressions rather than plotty assertions, these complex relationships are affecting and unforgettable.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 17, 2007
Deserves credit for its graceful attempt to tell an all-American story with warm, unromanticized characters trying to discover who they are in a land too eager to impose its own definition on them.
| Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 16, 2007
The Namesake has a deep, alluvial poetry to it, like a mighty river reaching the sea. It's mysterious and ordinary, insightful and banal, rambling and precise, and it is altogether unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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