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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many films tell stories of underdogs, unrequited love and such, yet Slumdog Millionaire feels breathtakingly fresh, at times inexplicably so. Viewers are lucky, blessed or preordained to discover at least one movie like this in a lifetime.
Slumdog Millionaire is a lot of films -- it is a comedy, it is an adventure, it is a tragedy -- but more than anything it's a love story, and Boyle manages to nurse every ounce of emotion out of that aspect of the story without overplaying it.