The Reluctant Fundamentalist Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 26, 2013
A provocative, ambitious drama about the unconsidered assumptions that power our cultures, for good or ill.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Eric D. Snider
About.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Meredith Slifkin
Film Comment Magazine
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.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
May 29, 2013
A notable cast - and noble intentions - can't elevate what is a very ordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
May 27, 2013
A confronting and compelling look at post-9/11 racism in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 26, 2013
Novelistic film wants to spark discussion about race and fear
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frances Morton
Flicks.co.nz
May 23, 2013
This film version morphs its uncertainties into big screen clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
May 22, 2013
As Nair's film forgoes provocation for pandering, it assumes a tragic air, albeit not for the reasons she intended.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 22, 2013
It highlights the up-and-down nature of the film - some parts are compelling while other parts are unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 18, 2013
William Wheeler has forged a richly complex, achingly satisfying screenplay from Mohsin Hamid's hugely popular, Booker Prize shortlisted novel and Mira Nair has turned it into a significant and powerful film with something to say
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 18, 2013
Riz Ahmed delivers a towering performance as Changez, the son of a Pakistani poet who achieves the American Dream before finding his own truth
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 18, 2013
One's interest is diminished as the dramatic focus becomes unclear, petering out in well-meaning rhetorical confusion.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 17, 2013
A lurching, stuttering drama, one whose intentions are far better than its sense of storytelling rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Robert Everett-Green
Globe and Mail
May 17, 2013
It's a timely narrative subject, but its treatment in The Reluctant Fundamentalist is fundamentally flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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