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Slumdog Millionaire Reviews

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
February 23, 2016
The people of Mumbai love their movies, and they'll be proud to know that this throbbing love letter to their city is the most exhilarating film of 2008.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Mr. Boyle here summons universal identification with characters while still fully immersed in the specificity of their milieu.
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
February 22, 2015
Heavy with humor, romance and suspense, Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best and most crowd-pleasing films of the year.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
February 22, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Katherine Monk
February 22, 2015
A compelling piece of entertainment that poses bigger questions than it answers, Slumdog Millionaire is a modern version of the Cinderella story with some spicy food for thought, and an undeniably sweet core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
February 22, 2015
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.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
February 22, 2015
The movie's real heat comes from the soulful performances by Patel and stunning newcomer Freida Pinto as Slumdog Millionaire's star-crossed lovers. It's their chemistry, as much as Boyle's exuberance, that sells the whole thing.
| Original Score: 5/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Mail
February 22, 2015
It's highly implausible at times but still entertaining, touching and romantic.
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)
February 22, 2015
For most of its running time, Slumdog Millionaire is an energetic, absorbing film that rises well above the pack.
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
February 22, 2015
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.
Avril Cadden
Daily Record (UK)
February 22, 2015
Will he get the money [and], more importantly, will he get the girl? The whole of India is watching and rooting for him and by the end of the film you will be too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Hedley
February 22, 2015
I got swept up at the end. As will everyone. There's no denying the solid crowd pleaser structure behind this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
February 22, 2015
Danny Boyle and company have crafted a film that feels like a project of citizens of the world, not outsiders looking in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard von Busack
February 22, 2015
The grottiness and the torture sequences are just window dressing to make the fluff seem real. It does the opposite, making the real seem fluffy.
Jaime J. Weinman
Maclean's Magazine
February 22, 2015
Any time you see the words "human spirit" attached to a movie, run for the hills. You're about to see a manipulative film in which the scrappy underdog wins against impossible odds.
Alan Frank
Daily Star
February 22, 2015
Dazzlingly photographed Indian locations add impact and Boyle never puts a foot wrong in bringing the gripping fable beautifully to the boil to deliver a masterly movie that deserves every award that's going.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
February 22, 2015
[A] deliriously entertaining, unforgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
February 22, 2015
The moony romance is considerably less involving than what preceded it, and that's not even factoring in a climax that literally becomes an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
| Original Score: C+
February 22, 2015
It's a story with a simple and schematic structure, yet as the film progresses and the stakes get higher it cleverly works the built-in tension of the TV show into the drama of the unfolding narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Wise
Uncut Magazine [UK]
February 22, 2015
The quiz show conceit is never really used to its full potential, and the gangster subplot is just too dark for a film that aims to bowl you out on a fairytale high.
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