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

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As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks show how he got there. Part of a stable of young thieves after their mother dies, Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. Salim finds the life of crime agreeable, but Jamal scrapes by with small jobs until landing a spot on the game show.

Cast & Crew

Dev Patel
Jamal Malik (older)
Freida Pinto
Latika (older)
Madhur Mittal
Salim Malik (older)
Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar
Latika (middle)
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
Jamal (youngest)
Rubina Ali
Latika (youngest)
Simon Beaufoy
Screenwriter
Paul Smith
Executive Producer
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle
Cinematographer
Chris Dickens
Film Editor
A.R. Rahman
Original Music
Mark Digby
Production Design
Abhishek Redkar
Art Director
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  • It's not about poverty pornography. It's not about a White guy showing us touchy Brown-skins squatting by the rail-tracks. In the end, it's just about a film, which sweeps you up and takes you for an exhilarating ride on the wild side.

    January 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Slumdog Millionaire is an exhilarating ride -- a feel-good yarn about a Mumbai street kid directed by Danny Boyle with a wild energy that makes even Trainspotting (Boyle's calling card) look leaden-footed.

    February 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There are so many frantic pursuits through heaving streets that it is easy to lose track of who is chasing whom, or why. Energy and urgency are substituted for realism.

    February 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Slumdog is a good film and an appealing film with some lovely performances but it's not a great film: it's too sentimental and predictable for that.

    February 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Boyle set out to make this particular film rather than a gritty social panorama along the lines of Brazilian favela drama City of God. But keeping us cheerful takes the edge off the tougher insights into India.

    January 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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