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Salaam Bombay! Reviews

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February 23, 2003
With Salaam, Nair proves an early ability with a camera and at getting performances out of obviously inexperienced actors, but her writing talents are much sketchier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
September 29, 2015
Very sad, but powerfully moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
Nair has been able to make a film that has the everyday, unforced reality of documentary, and yet the emotional power of great drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 15, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
September 29, 2015
Poetic, powerful and disturbing, Salaam Bombay transcends language and cultural barriers.
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.
May 28, 2008
honest and haunting portrait
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
June 25, 2017
"The original Slumdog Millionaire"... Salaam Bombay! doesn't sweeten its depiction of poverty with feelgood fantasy, but Nair does nevertheless convey the energy and vitality that here co-exists with extreme deprivation.
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.
January 1, 2000
A savvy, unsentimentalized first feature by director Mira Nair.
February 5, 2002
The director's experience making documentaries served her well as she worked for weeks with the kids who inhabit Bombay's backstreets.
May 20, 2003
For a film about such hopelessness, Salaam Bombay! is surprisingly cheering.
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