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Salaam Bombay! Reviews

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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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.
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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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For a film about such hopelessness, Salaam Bombay! is surprisingly cheering.
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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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A savvy, unsentimentalized first feature by director Mira Nair.
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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