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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews

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May 4, 2012
The witty script, Eastern locale, and tony cast may summon up memories of the old Merchant-Ivory films.
May 4, 2012
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an ersatz experience, a commingling of forced uplift and exotica, but it's moving anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 4, 2012
Moviegoers of a certain age are eager to see themselves reflected on screen, no matter how banal that reflection looks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 4, 2012
It's comfort food filmmaking, designed to satiate the appetite of its specific audience.
May 4, 2012
Fabulously acted retiree drama will appeal more to parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2012
There are brutal truths about the declining years in Best Exotic, from loneliness to financial woes that can't be solved by getting a new job, but they are amply padded with comedy and cheery messages about acceptance; this is no bitter pill to swallow.
May 4, 2012
If Carl from 'Up' bumped into 'Shirley Valentine'; if 'Eat Pray Love''s Liz Gilbert located a personality; if John Madden echoed his artful juggle from 'Shakespeare in Love' -- oh, wait, he did...
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
May 4, 2012
At its finest sitting back and allowing the gifted performers an opportunity to feel around the situations, usually discovering the most precise emotions to play.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 4, 2012
The production looks good with its bright colors, the locale is, indeed, exotic and the acting is serviceable but the script...has no life to it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 4, 2012
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may not be capable of living up to every word in the title, but it does make for one engaging escape, no matter your age.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May 4, 2012
It's hard to complain too much when your leads are Dench and Smith, Nighy and Wilkinson - all giving an actor's master class in the power of doing just enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2012
A refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2012
It's a film about people of a certain age; as it happens, they're all played by the creme de la creme of U.K. actors of a certain age. What jolly luck!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 4, 2012
With its stereotypical characters and creaky plot turns, this passage to India feels even longer than its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2012
The entertainment that one is able to derive from it is directly proportional to the appeal of each character. Those levels vary widely.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 3, 2012
When a film has a dream cast led by Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy, you can't go far wrong, and that is exactly the case with Ol Parker's adaptation of the novel by prolific British television and screenwriter Deborah Moggach
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
May 3, 2012
Yes, the actors here deliver the monologues ... with verve, but these aren't characters. They alternate between speechmaker and sounding board for another's speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2012
"Marigold Hotel" is too well made to be dismissed and contains too much truth to be scorned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2012
Those who will see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are looking for something calm, safe, gently humorous, and entirely unchallenging. And that's exactly what they get.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2012
This movie is sure to appeal to an older crowd, and it's great that a film has been made for their demographic. One just wishes it were a little better than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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