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The Namesake Reviews

November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
April 1, 2007
Penn is just wrong for it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 29, 2007
Intelligent and insightful, The Namesake celebrates family in a unique way.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 24, 2007
This is a wonderful movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
March 16, 2007
[Director] Nair and screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala bring the novel's velvety heart to the screen. The film glides smoothly over the years, touching down to give us the vignettes that make up a life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2007
Mira Nair's The Namesake conveys a palpable sense of people as living, breathing creatures who are far more complex than their words might indicate.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2007
The Namesake ambitiously reveals the gains and perils of assimilation, and it heightens awareness about how difficult it can be to strike the right balance between family demands and personal development.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 16, 2007
Though the film seems hurried in the last half hour -- most likely to get as much of the book covered as possible -- it still maintains a loveliness bridged by these two generations of Gangulis, whose disparate life experiences cannot bond them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 15, 2007
Like the best-selling novel it's based on, The Namesake chronicles two generations of an Indian immigrant family with compelling flow.
March 15, 2007
The Namesake brims with intelligence, compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights and sounds of life -- all the way from the Taj Mahal to Pearl Jam.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 15, 2007
The Namesake is a rich and moving motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2007
It's so beautifully done.
March 9, 2007
Ultimately, the film leaves us floundering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2007
Nair has taken a fascinating piece of literature and woven a rich cultural tapestry for the screen. The Namesake elicits laughter and tears in its profound and emotionally resonant family portrait.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 9, 2007
A rich, if not completely satisfying, pleasure.
March 9, 2007
A deeply moving saga of several generations of a Bengali family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2007
The Namesake illuminates the immigrant experience in ways that feel at once exotic and deeply familiar.
March 9, 2007
This gorgeously designed and photographed movie artfully depicts the immigrant experience in ways that transcend its setting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 9, 2007
The Namesake is suffused with radiant grace, and manages to be old-fashioned yet immediate, epic and intimate.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2007
This sweet, but not cloying, adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's delicate novel brings us some wonderful moments.
March 8, 2007
A saga of the immigrant experience that captures the snap, crackle and pop of American life, along with the pounding pulse, emotional reticence, volcanic colors and cherished rituals of Indian culture.
March 8, 2007
The Namesake takes in a lot of territory, and at times is too diffuse, too attenuated. But the actors are so expressive that they provide their own continuity. They transport us to a realm of pure feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 8, 2007
An intimate, melancholy look at the isolation and disorientation common to the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2007
The actors are so engaging and the settings often so seductive, we pleasurably submit to what is essentially a two-hour penance for all the hurt and wrongs one has ever inflicted upon one's parents.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2007
Combines the intimate pleasures of a family saga with a finely sustained inquiry into the difficult balance between separation and integration that shapes the lives of first-generation immigrants and their children in crucially different ways.
March 7, 2007
This is a generational family saga everyone can relate to, and Nair gives it her special magic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
March 7, 2007
A movie that will speak to anyone who has ever felt pulled in different directions by his own heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 28, 2006
The episodic structure grows rather rambling over two hours.
September 23, 2006
Jhumpa Lahiri's wildly popular novel about two generations of a Bengali family receives a loving, deeply felt screen translation that should appease fans of the book while making many new converts.
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.