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May 18, 2013
One's interest is diminished as the dramatic focus becomes unclear, petering out in well-meaning rhetorical confusion.
May 17, 2013
A lurching, stuttering drama, one whose intentions are far better than its sense of storytelling rhythm.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
May 16, 2013
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a small personal story, based on a novel by Mohsin Hamid, that has been inflated into an unwieldy epic. It's a brave one, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 16, 2013
[An] assured adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2013
Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2013
This is a film that makes some very interesting points about how society and the media can combine to create history's monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2013
among the most provocative releases of the year
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 13, 2013
Aside from the lead-pipe moralizing, Mira Nair's timely and important film is an eye-opening parable about identity and how it relates to the War on Terror.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 10, 2013
[Mira] Nair's 'home is where the heart is' theme means she is never too distracted from reminding us that every human being deserves a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2013
In her process of cinematic adaptation, Nair has removed much of the source novel's ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2013
Something is lost in translation, perhaps because Nair is at her best with more personal, less expansive epics such as Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2013
It's hard to dismiss Ms Nair's attempts to map out the anatomy of a potential terrorist. The actors, particularly Ahmed and Hudson, are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2013
The picture is long-winded and rather predictable but Ahmed is terrific and it's beautifully made by director Mira Nair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2013
At any rate "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an interesting movie with some interesting performances, it's just too unwieldy for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2013
Ambiguity is at the heart of the novel, but Nair is never quite sure what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2013
You leave the cinema with your teeth clenched, muttering: "at least it meant well".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 10, 2013
As a culture-clash story the film works well enough, but as a character study it's a bit of a scramble.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 9, 2013
[It] proves what we all knew or suspected. Good art isn't about ideological bookkeeping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 9, 2013
An intriguing film about the blowback involved when melting-pot America goes to war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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