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Salaam Bombay! Reviews

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Christopher Null
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Kathleen Shea
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
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Rupert Smith
Time Out
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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
September 29, 2015
Very sad, but powerfully moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Michael Szymanski
October 15, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
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.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Peter Travers
People Magazine
September 29, 2015
Poetic, powerful and disturbing, Salaam Bombay transcends language and cultural barriers.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 28, 2008
honest and haunting portrait
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A savvy, unsentimentalized first feature by director Mira Nair.
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For a film about such hopelessness, Salaam Bombay! is surprisingly cheering.
Emanuel Levy
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-
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