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The Namesake Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 1, 2007
Penn is just wrong for it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
Nair's film settles for something closer to the surface that makes its dramatic points well and brings Lahiri's characters to life but misses the emotional intensity.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 7, 2007
What should have been a home run for Nair is an unfocused mess of a movie that fails to really capture or keep one's interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 11, 2007
"The Namesake" is a hurried tapestry of cross-cultural experience that periodically derails due to episodic hopscotching in Sooni Taraporevala's script adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's debut novel about.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
lacks focus and never quite finds its footing
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
March 9, 2007
Impressive performances and handsome cinematography can't stop Mira Nair's "The Namesake" from being a generational epic that is unfortunately lacking in any emotional intensity.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 28, 2006
The episodic structure grows rather rambling over two hours.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 9, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
March 9, 2007
An unfocused and overly episodic drama that emotionally truncates what could have been a richly textured saga of an Indian family torn between assimilation and tradition.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 1, 2007
It's full of good intentions -- too full. Love can sometimes blind you, as it does Nair, who tries to pack in too much of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
September 14, 2006
The cast as a whole excels, in fact, and the sumptuous cinematography by Frederick Elmes helps rescue a movie that should have been better than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
September 23, 2006
Mira Nair's handsome but inert adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's Pulitizer Prize winning novel is another reminder of the fact that some books were not born to be movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 9, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
March 9, 2007
Ultimately, the film leaves us floundering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 30, 2007
The end result hits the right notes, but with insufficient force.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 15, 2007
The Namesake is a rich and moving motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 7, 2007
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.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
November 16, 2011
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 24, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
April 6, 2007
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