The Reluctant Fundamentalist Reviews

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August 12, 2019
A film that should at least be bound to generate intelligent conversations, Nair's latest isn't without familiar issues, but it's a damn refreshing point of view.
March 20, 2019
The film could have done with more finesse in the way it begins and ends, but there are enough subtle shifts in the main act to keep me with it. After Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is [Mira] Nair's most engaging work.
February 25, 2019
Unfortunately, despite intelligent performances by Ahmed, Schreiber and Sutherland, the film's story never engages us fully. An undeniably well-crafted, slick affair, Nair's latest is infinitely more honourable than it is successful.
December 19, 2018
A film like this stands or falls on the performance of its lead, and the young British actor Riz Ahmed doesn't disappoint.
August 8, 2018
I found several of the story's twists both startling and, in retrospect, totally believable.
October 31, 2017
Nair lets her drama unfold thoughtfully and draws impressive supporting performances from Kiefer Sutherland, as Changez's Wall Street boss, and Liev Schreiber.
September 5, 2017
Every new revelation is signposted so heavily, you can almost hear the hammer blows.
May 31, 2016
There is a lot of plot to get through, and Nair employs some interesting visual devices to help sweep us through the morass of characters and history as she tackles big themes in a complex layer of issues.
August 26, 2013
A provocative, ambitious drama about the unconsidered assumptions that power our cultures, for good or ill.
August 16, 2013
Despite some promising moments, it never quite coheres into a convincing story. It's worth seeing... but it ultimately feels like a missed opportunity - like a pedant groping for a profundity beyond his moral ken.
July 12, 2013
Reasonably thoughtful, moderately engaging material dealing with some thorny issues. It may be a catalyst for intelligent conversation, which is more than you can say for most movies.
June 14, 2013
The film seems to dance around the idea of being really critical of America-of analogizing American "exceptionalism" with Islamic fundamentalism-and instead resolves itself with an ending more befitting of a beauty pageant contestant's speech.
June 12, 2013
The film's international intrigue is unlikely to resonate too closely with today's headlines because of a conventional approach that alternates between a mechanical thriller and a shallow if provocative character study.
June 4, 2013
The very fact that Nair -- who is very at home on the subject of culture clashes -- tackled a thriller is noteworthy, as is the fact that she doesn't blow it.
May 29, 2013
A notable cast - and noble intentions - can't elevate what is a very ordinary film.
May 28, 2013
The film from writer William Wheeler and director Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding') is smart and complex, as unwilling to cling to one ideology as its protagonist.
May 27, 2013
A confronting and compelling look at post-9/11 racism in America.
May 26, 2013
Novelistic film wants to spark discussion about race and fear
May 26, 2013
Flashes of a great novel don't overcome missteps
May 24, 2013
Director Mira Nair is eager to explore the long-range effects of post-9/11 paranoia, but can't quite get the film's thriller element to click.
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