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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Reviews

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Cris Kennedy
The Canberra Times (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 26, 2013
A provocative, ambitious drama about the unconsidered assumptions that power our cultures, for good or ill.
Eric D. Snider
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
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
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
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
May 23, 2013
This film version morphs its uncertainties into big screen clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Jay Stone
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
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
May 16, 2013
[An] assured adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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
Damon Wise
Radio Times
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 14, 2013
among the most provocative releases of the year
Full Review | Original Score: B
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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-
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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
Tara Brady
Irish Times
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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
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