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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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There's elegance in the cinematography and pathos in some of the performances, but the script lacks structure. The movie shuttles between life events, more a snapshot collection of episodes than a cohesive character study.
The Namesake, about a Bengali couple who raise their family in New York, is rich in particulars. Yet the emphasis in Mira Nair's film version of Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel keeps falling on the generic.
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.
The Namesake combines the intimate pleasures of a family saga with a finely sustained inquiry into the difficult balance between separation and integration that shapes the consciousness of first-generation émigrés and their children.