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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews

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R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2012
The film is home to some unique redeeming factors, but it panders to viewers by diluting its lesson, which teaches that some comfort zones can only be truly abandoned on the other side of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 10, 2012
The superb cast still cannot save a weak story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
February 23, 2012
As schematic as any summer event movie, with character arcs that could be plotted on a graph from the minute our ensemble arrives at the eponymous, dubiously named lodgings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 21, 2012
Despite the strong performances, the film does feel stuffy with its forced, predictable storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 24, 2012
The actors bring some verve and wit to their characters, but the movie has all the liveliness of a retiree taking an afternoon nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 5, 2012
They're stuck with a script, by Ol Parker, that's stuffed with contrivance and cliché, and doggedly repetitive as it tracks its characters' efforts to find new love and adapt to new surroundings.
Anton Bitel
Film4
February 23, 2012
This autumn-years excursion is touristically picturesque and elegantly acted - but with little real sense of adventure.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
I'm sure many undemanding viewers over the age of 60 will enjoy themselves, just cause it was made for them. But I would like a movie with well written and real characters please.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Samuels
Total Film
February 13, 2012
The pleasure of seeing a supergroup of Brit-veterans soon withers in an OAP comedy that plumps for light laughs over deeper insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 2, 2012
Mostly, "Marigold Hotel" is old-fashioned, safe and resistant to stray from its comfort zone -- like visiting a foreign country and only eating the foods you already know you like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
May 3, 2012
If you loved Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 11, 2012
Se por um lado merece créditos por enfocar o drama e a comédia da terceira idade, por outro não deixa de desapontar ao apostar num roteiro frágil cujos equívocos acabam sendo disfarçados simplesmente graças à qualidade de seu elenco formidável.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 20, 2012
Penelope Wilton, as the sourpuss among the group, takes top honors. She is the only one who refuses to be taken in by the cheap exoticism and trite affirmations that Hotel offers its guests.
Full Review | Original Score: 47/100
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 3, 2012
'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is proof that art-house films can be as clichéd and soggily sentimental as the big-ticket items playing at the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 1, 2012
Mostly, we're stuck watching U.K. cinema bright lights ... navigating sub-sitcom scenarios that touch perfunctorily, sometimes borderline offensively, on issues of sexuality, soulmates and culture clash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 21, 2012
They might have just got away with it as a Sunday night mini-series but from a cinematic perspective, this trip shouldn't have been embarked upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 25, 2012
Moviegoers may feel they've been invited to an Indian restaurant where the buffet consists of white bread and boiled potatoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 22, 2012
Its superb cast ensures that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will probably be a hit with its target audience, but the script feels underwritten and it's never quite as funny or as emotionally engaging as it ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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