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Slumdog Millionaire Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 20, 2013
Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is rather sweet and traditionally crowdpleasing.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 20, 2013
It's Oliver Twist by way of City of God.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 7, 2009
The best movie of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 9, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 12, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire is not the cure for all the world's ills, but it comes close. It solves, for instance, such endemic global problems as: a) sadness, b) lovelessness, c) cynicism, and d) the waning cultural relevance of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 12, 2008
From an early footchase in which the careening camera gives us a tour of the maze-like slums, to the ridiculously uplifting Bollywood dance number that plays over the end credits, Slumdog Millionaire makes for kinetic, exhilarating entertainment.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 11, 2008
[A] taut, tense and witty tale of human tragedy and triumphant humanity set against the sweep of modern India.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 21, 2008
An intoxicating mix of genres: comedy, drama, suspense, even Bollywood-style musical.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 21, 2008
Watching Slumdog Millionaire, it's easy to believe director Danny Boyle has been working toward this brilliantly woven masterwork with each entertaining and diverse tale he's delivered.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2008
I'll keep this simple: Cancel whatever you're doing tonight and go see Slumdog Millionaire instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2008
If Charles Dickens set Oliver Twist in 21st-century Mumbai, reimagining the sweeping story of love and friendship, poverty and tragedy through a Bollywood lens, the result would be a lot like Slumdog Millionaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2008
It doesn't happen often, but when it does, look out: a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2008
The film is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
November 20, 2008
Not that the movie from director Danny Boyle isn't satisfying, isn't more than worth seeing. But I had been expecting cinematic fireworks to justify the claim that it's the best movie of the new millennium.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 17, 2008
Look for multiple Oscar nominations for this movie.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 17, 2008
Worth seeing.
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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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 17, 2008
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is trying very hard to be a Dickensian fable for our time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 14, 2008
The movie brushes against some of India's worst social ills, but it's essentially a fairy tale.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 14, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire is skillful entertainment, with the simple message that the most intense life experiences yield the greatest education.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 13, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire is [Boyle's] liveliest fusion of style and content since Trainspotting.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 13, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire features the simplest story Boyle has ever told, which may explain why its many pleasures are so pure.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 13, 2008
Like all good fairy tales, this outsize celebration of perseverance and moral triumph contains within it a deeper idea -- in this case, the relative nature of what we think we know, and what's worth knowing at all.
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November 13, 2008
Romantic, action-packed and always held together by an intriguing social conscience, Slumdog Millionaire is a rapturous crowd pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.6/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 13, 2008
Both tragic and joyful, it's like a musically accented Oliver Twist, a lightly curried Frank Capra.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 13, 2008
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is a stylish, ingeniously constructed bit of hokum, a sparkling trinket of a movie that's as implausible as it is irresistible.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 13, 2008
Bollywood melodramas it stylistically apes, Boyle's film is unapologetically pop, even as Boyle himself seems to be at once inside and outside the idiom, embracing it while winking slyly at our collective need for escapist fantasy.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 13, 2008
When Boyle pulls back to show us his grand vision, it's a stunner. And everything suddenly falls into place, as if this uncommonly daring film was fated to work from the very start.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 13, 2008
Four stars simply aren't enough for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, which just may be the most entertaining movie I've ever labeled a masterpiece in these pages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2008
The best old-fashioned audience picture of the year, a Hollywood-style romantic melodrama that delivers major studio satisfactions in an ultra-modern way.
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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
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 12, 2008
[E]ven at its most harrowing and heartbreaking, Slumdog Millionaire is never less than deliriously entertaining.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 12, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire is nothing if not an enjoyably far-fetched piece of rags-to-riches wish fulfillment. It's like the Bollywood version of a Capra fable sprayed with colorful drops of dark-side-of-the-Third-World squalor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 12, 2008
The beautifully rendered and energetic tale celebrates resilience, the power of knowledge and the vitality of the human experience. Horrifying, humorous and life-affirming, it is, above all, unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 12, 2008
An entertaining, ingenious yarn, despite a few loose ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2008
This is a breathless, exciting story, heartbreaking and exhilarating at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 12, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire has the goods to bust out as a scrappy contender in the Oscar race. It's modern India standing in for a world in full economic spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 12, 2008
A gaudy, gorgeous rush of color, sound and motion, Slumdog Millionaire doesn't travel through the lower depths, it giddily bounces from one horror to the next.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 12, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire is a ruthlessly effective paean to destiny, leaving nothing to chance. It also has a good shot at winning this year's Academy Award for best picture, if the pundits, Allah, Shiva and Fox Searchlight Pictures have anything to say
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 12, 2008
Much of the film is so overwhelming as sheer mass spectacle that it serves as a sobering view of an overpopulated part of the world that defies any judgmental analysis.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 11, 2008
Boyle's feature draws the viewer in, immersing him in a fast-moving, engaging narrative featuring a protagonist who is so likeable it's almost unfair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 3, 2008
Despite its elements of brutality, this is a buoyant hymn to life, and a movie to celebrate.
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2008
A solidly entertaining and energizing film.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 5, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire is the film world's first globalized masterpiece.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 2, 2008
Boyle and Beaufoy, working from a novel by Vikas Swarup, uninsistently make the case that the most useful intelligence, in all its forms, comes from life experience.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 30, 2008
It's an underdog crowd-pleaser, a radiant love story and a taste of Bollywood splendor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4