The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


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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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. -- (C) Fox Searchlight


Tom Wilkinson
as Graham Dashwood
Maggie Smith
as Muriel Donnelly
Judi Dench
as Evelyn Greenslade
Bill Nighy
as Douglas Ainslie
Dev Patel
as Sonny Kapoor
Celia Imrie
as Madge Hardcastle
Penelope Wilton
as Jean Ainslie
Patrick Pearson
as Graham's Colleague
James Rawlings
as Estate Agent
Liza Tarbuck
as Staff Nurse
Paul Bhattacharjee
as Dr. Ghujarapartidar
Ronald Pickup
as Norman Cousins
Simon Wilson
as Madge's Son-in-Law
Sara Stewart
as Madge's Daughter
Ramona Marquez
as Madge's Granddaughter
Raoul Marquez
as Madge's Grandson
Glen Davies
as Taxi Driver
Jay Villiers
as Evelyn's Son
Paul Bentall
as Evelyn's Lawyer
Louise Brealey
as Hairdresser
Catherine Terris
as Graham's Cleaner
Richard Cubison
as Douglas's Golf Partner
Josh Cohen
as Paramedic
Joshua Cole
as Airport Security Guard
Bhuvanesh Shetty
as Muriel's Physiotherapist
Honey Chhaya
as Young Wasim
Shubhrajyoti Barat
as Public Records Official
Narendra Kumar Ahmed
as Rickshaw Driver/Graham
Hem Acharya
as Boy Playing Cricket
Kailash Vijay
as Rickshaw Driver/Evelyn
Tina Desai
as Sunaina
Seema Azmi
as Anokhi
Vishnu Sharma
as Mr. Maruthi
Lillete Dubey
as Mrs. Kapoor
Denzil Smith
as Viceroy Club Secretary
Sandeep Lele
as Viceroy Club Barman
Neeraj Kadela
as Market Salesman
S.N. Purohit
as Tap Shop Owner
Shiv Palawat
as Tea Room Waiter
Mahesh Udeshi
as Doctor at Clinic
Gagan Mishra
as Restaurant Owner
A.R. Rama
as Rickshaw Driver/Jean
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  • 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
    Top Critic
  • 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

    Top Critic
  • "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
    Top Critic
  • There's little that's surprising about the film - everyone ends up pretty much where you'd guess - but that predictable quality becomes part of the pleasure of watching it, like a book that's happily reread.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

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.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • 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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