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Slumdog Millionaire Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Shows how a critic-pleasing film can be every bit as overbearing as a crowd-pleasing one
Rob Gonsalves
December 3, 2008
Danny Boyle's hyperactive camera and rude-boy style strain to manipulate us into the emotions the script doesn't honestly earn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Cornelius
December 18, 2008
What a story like this requires is a gentle subtlety, but Boyle is certainly not gentle and far from subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 6, 2009
Difícil compreender como o roteiro pedestre de Beaufoy, a direção comprometida de Boyle e o próprio filme arrebanharam tantos troféus e placas nos últimos meses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 13, 2008
It's fair to say that the movie ends so well that it will redeem the entire experience for many viewers. It all depends on how you feel about the sluggish 90 minutes that went before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
November 11, 2008
As the flash and burn of Boyle's imagery loses its sugar high, the limp proposition that it's covering up becomes more and more evident.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Marcy Dermansky
November 12, 2008
A conceit that grows horribly stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
November 11, 2008
An overly convenient romantic drama that feels too prefabricated to be bought into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
November 13, 2008
Why, when Boyle has for half a film been such a devastating purveyor of social class suffering, would he turn as glossy as a Disney cartoon?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 17, 2008
There are no surprises in this movie, and most people will be able to predict, within the first ten minutes, roughly how the last ten will pan out.
Armond White
New York Press
November 12, 2008
There hasn't been a social drama this decadently over-hyped since City of God. Boyle plays the same game of pandering to liberal sensibilities while entertaining safe, middle-class distance.
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
November 14, 2008
I get why Slumdog Millionaire is getting all the raves. It's well done and it's the kind of movie that gets people's attention. Just not mine.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 26, 2009
There's certainly some very good direction, editing and acting - especially by the kids. But the adult actors just didn't seem to carry the weight of the harrowing back story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 19, 2009
Like every non-nutritious piffle hastily-consumed, the guilty reflection will come in the long hours after.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Dialing back the hyperkinetic action to 9.5 wouldn't have hurt this spectacular tale, which combines many film genres and visual styles for a two-hour abusement-park ride that begins with torture and ends with love's inevitable triumph.
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
January 27, 2014
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.
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
February 22, 2015
It wants to be taken seriously -- but only when it's convenient.
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+
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