The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.

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Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.

Cast & Crew

Judi Dench
Evelyn Greenslade
Maggie Smith
Muriel Donnelly
Bill Nighy
Douglas Ainslie
Penelope Wilton
Jean Ainslie
Tom Wilkinson
Graham Dashwood
Celia Imrie
Madge Hardcastle
Ronald Pickup
Norman Cousins
Dev Patel
Sonny Kapoor
Ol Parker
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Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Ricky Strauss
Executive Producer
Jonathan King
Executive Producer
Ben Davis
Cinematographer
Chris Gill
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Thomas Newman
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  • Underneath all larkiness, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" makes interesting points about the challenges facing elderly people trying to cope in an adverse economic climate, and the globalization of service industries.

    January 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • The movie itself is a mawkish comedy-drama-romance, but the astounding cast makes it feel like a night on the West End.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an Indian dish for day-trippers. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.

    May 10, 2012 | Full Review…

    William Goss

    Film.com
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Audience Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • Apr 01, 2017
    REALLY good acting from dev patel. somehow he out-performed the masterclass of judi dench and maggie smith. it helps that he got so many one liner's but that's thanks to the great writing by ol parker. each of the supporting cast also earned their pay.
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  • Nov 03, 2015
    There is a lot of content - the movie is set in and 'exotic' retirement hotel in India, and deals with seven Brits - how they got there and what they need in their retirements. It also throws in some complications of the Indian family that runs the hotel. It is a well-written story.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2013
    In "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a group of English retirees including Muriel(Maggie Smith) who needs a new hip, Madge(Celia Imrie) who is trying to get out of babysitting for her grandchildren and Norman(Ronald Pickup) who has run out of women who will give him the time of day move to India for their golden years. Of them, Graham(Tom Wilkinson), a recently retired high court judge, is the only one who has been to India before and is therefore the only one not shocked at the state of their accommodations. But Sonny(Dev Patel) promises to make improvements as soon as possible. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is further proof that one can only get so far simply relying on a great cast(that also includes Bill Nighy and Judi Dench) at the top of their prowess and excellent location filming. That is mainly because of an episodic structure that feels more like a television series that Maggie Smith can star in once 'Downton Abbey' eventually runs its course. Admittedly, that would be one that is more unpredictable than average. In any case, the movie only touches on the subjects of the sidelining of the elderly and outsourcing, while inadvertantly showing how senior actors are trivialized; when in fact France is already outsourcing older actresses from England. At least in the "Red" movies, the senior characters get to save the world on occasion.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2013
    This was sweet, with banner acting. Nothing too exciting.
    Julie B Super Reviewer

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