Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


Critic Consensus: 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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Dev Patel
as Jamal Malik
Madhur Mittal
as Salim Malik
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
as Jamal (youngest)
Irrfan Khan
as Police Inspector
Rubina Ali
as Latika (youngest)
Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar
as Latika (middle)
Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala
as Salim (middle)
Saurabh Shukla
as Sergeant Srinivas
Tanay Chheda
as Jamal (middle)
Raj Zutshi
as Director
Himanshu Tyagi
as Mr. Nanda
Imran Hasny
as Javed's House Doorkeeper
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All Critics (278) | Top Critics (48)

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

Feb 20, 2013 | Full Review…

It's Oliver Twist by way of City of God.

Feb 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The best movie of 2008.

Feb 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.

Jan 9, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

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

Shows [Boyle] at the top of his form.

Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Slumdog Millionaire

Gorgeous cinematography and editing, but terribly weak story. It's not that I'm against optimistic, uplifting movies, but there needs to be proper development and higher stakes than just "star-crossed love." Why does Salim suddenly let Latika go after remorselessly kidnapping her days ago? Where is his moral and fraternal turning point? What is the point of the frame story of the torturing producers? There is no pay off for that; it is merely a device to reveal Jamal's past. What is the consequence of the gangsters' cruelty to Latika? She isn't horribly disfigured or hurt. Would Jamal still love her if she is? Will their love still transcend such superficialities? I have a problem with destiny-driven plots. It's an easy cop-out. I really wanted to like this film because it's pretty much everyone's favorite movie ever, but I find it incredibly overrated.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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A exhausting thrill ride with relentless ups and downs. A sweet and dramatic movie that felt like something was missing?

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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I tend to enjoy dark movies because the emotional reaction is greater for me than that of "happier" movies, for lack of a better word. Slumdog Millionaire, however, makes a powerful case for "happy" movies. Slumdog Millionaire is a wholly life-fulfilling epic about destiny and love that is expertly directed and colorfully shot. And when the film cuts rapidly in a hazy stop-motion-like effect, and the color from the streets reflects on our fated protagonists, and the music kicks in overwhelmingly, its hard not to leave with a smile on your face- and tears in your eyes.

Nikhil Nandu
Nikhil Nandu

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'Slumdog Millionaire' is a somewhat predictable but lovely film, combining a honest look at poverty in India with one of the best love stories of recent years. Long overdue, I only recently watched this film and was immediately gripped by a modern rags to riches, or is it rags to rags, and a clever combination of flashbacks. Telling the story of Jamal who, in order to get the girl-Latika, goes on the Indian version of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'. Suspected of fraud, because he knows the answers, Jamal reveals his past story and how he knows the answers. It's a nice story, pulled off by some superb acting and excellent direction from Danny Boyle. It's not the greatest film of all time and it's not a style I would usually 'love' in the way I did. Yet somehow Boyle and co. pull it off. The cinematography, the love story, it's a nice encouraging pick me up-yet I'm not sure how it really worked. All I know is-it's an excellent film and worthy of many viewings.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

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