The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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
PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Comedy , Drama
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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
Lucy Robinson
as Judith
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
Jagdish A. Sharma
as Maharajah
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
Neena Kulkarni
as Gaurika
Gagan Mishra
as Restaurant Owner
A.R. Rama
as Rickshaw Driver/Jean
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All Critics (149) | Top Critics (37)

As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Even if mildly refreshing and centered on a group of elderly people, which is something we don't see very often, this film is full of highs and lows, with a weak script that has too many clichés and artificial resolutions but is still compensated by a superb ensemble cast.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" earns most of it's praise from having such a talented cast, cleverly written comedy, and a story that will have people of all ages enjoying it's touching message of elderly people bonding, and realizing things about their lives. Having a running time of over two hours, it does feel it's length at times, but it is a very well-made film all around, making up for any slow moments. I have always been a fan of stories that involve multiple people from various locations all crossing paths and becoming the centre of the story. The cast interacts fantastically together, almost as if they were all meant to be cast, and when happy accident like that happen, great films comes from it. There are a few cliched feel-good scenes to get you through to the end, but overall, it is a highly enjoyable film with many great elements. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a very impressive film for what it is.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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