Slumdog Millionaire

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Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's both entertaining and powerful.

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Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20-million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded police inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the inspector and 60 million viewers are about to find out.

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Critic Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

All Critics (286) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (261) | Rotten (25)

  • Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is rather sweet and traditionally crowdpleasing.

    February 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's Oliver Twist by way of City of God.

    February 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The best movie of 2008.

    February 7, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Slumdog Millionaire, a film so upbeat and colourful that, by the time you're relaying its infectious air of optimism to friends, you could forget that it features orphans, slaughter, organised crime, poverty, enslavement and police brutality.

    January 9, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Mumbai's brand new skyscrapers sprout out of patches of mud; Jamal's old-fashioned principles will forever be out of synch with the slick, nightclub world that his older brother Salim inhabits. And so it goes. The romance? Fear not. It's fabulous icing.

    January 9, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite being overpraised - it arrives garlanded with the kind of reviews that must have come out after the opening night of King Lear - this is still very effective entertainment.

    January 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

  • Feb 10, 2018
    This remains one of the best epic dramas, beautiful movie. From the young actors to the adult ones it is a great cast, well acted and portrayed story. The cinematography and costume selection at times are stunning, the movie really takes you on a journey.
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  • Nov 06, 2017
    Stylistically sharp and emotionally captivating, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that perfectly combines both feel-good and somber tones.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2017
    Slumdog Millionaire is simultaneously joyful and grittily realistic in the depiction of the slums in Mambai. Danny Boyle directs with a steady and respectful hand, and while inevitably the film is highly implausible, the film still manages to be heartwarming and crowd-pleasing. Rating: 82
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2017
    WOW! that's gotta be the most fucked up love story i've ever seen. the way the story is told, through the questions, keeps you invested. it's filmed REALLY well, intoxicatingly so and never feels anything other than an unexaggerated depiction of poverty in india.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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