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Peepli Live Reviews

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August 8, 2010
Peepli Live forgets to "consider the person" in whom it's allegedly interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 11, 2010
I just wish what [Rizvi] had to tell us about the India of today might have taken a form less distractingly reminiscent of the American classics of yesteryear.
September 23, 2010
You can't fault the crusading spirit of this controversial Bollywood satire, just the blunt, one-note, entirely obvious execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2010
Rizvi keeps the humour broad (this doesn't have the metropolitan sharp sophistication of Chris Morris) but the premise is so strong that pithy satirical points are neatly scored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 11, 2017
Globalization does not have to be inhumane.
April 9, 2019
First-time director Anusha Rizvi's disturbing satire on the state of India today Peepli Live cuts deep, letting it bleed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2010
Both a heartfelt and a genuinely funny skewering of India's convoluted caste-consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2010
Takes a deep look at an everyday tragedy and provides the humorous dimension that underscores the pathos. Who says Bollywood is only interested in lightweight romantic musicals?
August 15, 2010
Broad, entertaining satire, with heartfelt pleas, on the difficulties for the farmers and those who try to help them.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 10, 2010
It's an unusual taste of mainstream Indian cinema, unexpectedly irreverent with an earthier, folkier soundtrack than the typical Bollywood electro-bounce.
August 2, 2010
In the course of this exhilarating journey, Silu and her female comrades resiliently move back and forth between everyday personas as dirt poor serfs struggling for meager subsistence, and battalions beaming with pride and political passion.
September 23, 2010
There is a deadly serious message about India's rural/urban divide in first-timer director Anusha Rizvi's satirical gem, but it also happens to have a juicily vulgar streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2010
It's a worthy film. A little less worthiness and a little more sharply weaponised wit would have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2017
A largely unknown confident cast, rousing folk music and Rizvi's understated direction result in a fresh, credible comic gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 13, 2010
A fitfully amusing Indian comedy that touches on a hot-button topic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2010
A satisfying and searing satire on the plight of poor farmers in India and the lack of sympathy or understanding of them by the rich and the powerful who have their own plans for national progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 13, 2010
Manages to mine substantial dark humor from this tragic situation while offering pointed -- and sometimes poignant -- social commentary in the process.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 11, 2010
Its comical, sharply observant caricatures of India's political and media jackals offers a much-needed reality check in a country where celluloid escapism is too often the rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2010
While the tone may shift from satire to farce at times, this is a highly assured debut by Rizvi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2011
A better writer than director, the strength of Rizvi's 'Peepli Live' is the film's unsentimental portrayal of the poor
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