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Salaam Bombay! Reviews

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September 29, 2015
Just as the visuals are unexpectedly delightful, so is the three- dimensional carving of the characters in what could be a cliche Third World hell.
September 29, 2015
Like Hector Babenco's Pixote the film is unsparingly gritty, but with a woman's tenderness it also grants the characters an occasional moment of grace.
September 29, 2015
Watching this picture feels more like a solemn duty than a form of entertainment or enrichment. And whether it is fantasy or reality, a movie should never be something you see as a duty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2015
Salaam Bombay! deserves a broad audience, not just to open American eyes to plights of hunger and homelessness abroad, but to open American minds to the vitality of a cinema without rim shots and happy endings.
September 29, 2015
Much to Nair`s credit, she exploits neither the exoticism of her locale (there are no tour-guide, look-at-this flourishes) nor the misery of her subjects (suffer they may, but they do not demand pity).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2015
The movie is terrifically well acted and beautifully filmed, however, marking an auspicious feature-film debut for Indian-American director Mira Nair.
September 29, 2015
Dispossession and despair are seldom portrayed with such force on-screen. Director Mira Nair has done a masterful job of underscoring a social problem that has repercussions far beyond the Third World.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 29, 2015
Poetic, powerful and disturbing, Salaam Bombay transcends language and cultural barriers.
September 29, 2015
Very sad, but powerfully moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2015
Dickensian in its empathy with the poor, uncompromising in its realism and ambitious in both scope and technique, this debut feature from Mira Nair is one of the most arresting studies of street life ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 26, 2009
Director Mira Nair, trained in America, is very much in control of her material, tells her story efficiently and has most of the cast, none of them real professionals, under total control.
May 28, 2008
honest and haunting portrait
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 4, 2006
Nair's debut, winner of Cannes Festival Camera d'Or, tells the harrowing story of one boy's life among thieves, prostitutes and drug dealers. Though inspired by De Sica, Babenco, and Ray, it acheves distinctive intensity and color from its unique locale
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 9, 2006
Shot entirely on location with its child actors recruited from the streets, Salaam Bombay! enters into its subjects' lives with rare authority and absolute compassion.
October 15, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 2004
Will take your breathe away with its harrowing portrait of the deprivations endured by a hungry and homeless boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2003
Nair leavens her story of a desperately impoverished 11-year-old (Shafiq Syed) with enough sentimentality to insure broad audience appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 2, 2003
Mira Nair's feature debut is a moving and powerful look at people for whom survival itself is a major achievement.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2003
Despite the grim setting, the colours are disarmingly sumptuous, the Bollywood lushness conflicting with the downbeat subject matter but ultimately ideal for the film's melodramatic tone.
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